Photograph courtesy of PA
Former College student makes Olympic history
26 July 2012
Former Loughborough College student Steph Houghton said it was the ‘best’ moment of her career after scoring the winning goal for Team GB women’s football team against New Zealand yesterday.
Steph, 24, scored the only goal of the game at the Millennium Stadium, curling home a superb 65th minute free-kick which, given the nature of the 12-team competition, will probably secure Team GB a quarter-final spot.
Team GB women were not only effectively opening the Games two days before the opening ceremony but also making history by playing their first ever game at the Olympics.
Arsenal full-back Steph, who has won 27 England caps but was making her first start at a major tournament said: “It is almost impossible to put into words. I knew I had struck it well and when I picked my head up it was in the back of the net.
“I didn’t really know what to do with my celebration. I was trying to head towards the bench but I got tired and tried to slow down because it was so hot.
“It was a really special moment for me, the best of my career without a doubt.”
Coach Hope Powell said: “The girls have made history today. It has been mentioned so much we couldn’t ignore it.
“We were the first women’s GB team ever and we won. That will never change now. We wanted to enjoy the experience.
“We recognised it was the first event and that it was an opportunity for the girls to showcase their talent.
“I wanted them to embrace it and have a go. As it happens, we did alright.”
Steph was one of four former College Students in the starting X1, the others being captain Casey Stoney, Jill Scott and Karen Carney. Another, Ellen White, came on at half time.
All five were members of the FA Women’s Player Development Centre which used to be based at Loughborough, as were two other members of the squad, Sophie Bradley and Claire Rafferty.