Box Hill United young gun Vasili Tsoumpris scripted a Cinderella story during his senior debut at Clifton Park on Saturday, scoring with his first touch in a 2-1 win over Moreland City.
The 17-year-old replaced frontman Dylan Tate on 57 minutes and turned on the style to meet a pinpoint delivery from the right with a well-timed volley, which nestled in the net at the near post.
Tsoumpris is a third-generation Box Hill player – his grandfather and father have also donned United colours. The latter is currently involved in coaching the under-14 girls at Wembley Park.
The youngster was visibly elated after the dream debut. Acknowledging his family’s association with the club, he said: “Box Hill has been in my life for a long time. I have been playing with them since I was four. I wanted to work up to something.
“I have been working hard the whole season to get my start, come off the bench and try to make an impact and show what I can do.
“It was even better to come on and score with the first touch. I was tempted to go for a header, but then I was like, ‘I might as well turn on my side and see if I can volley this first-time’. Then I hit it, and it went in.”
Praising the spirit in the current squad, Tsoumpris added: “We have had a rocky journey this season. Even though we have not been lucky with some of the results, we have got a very solid squad.
“The game against Murray [United] was a must-win. In the match against Dandenong City [next weekend], we cannot go in there light-handed. We have to work hard for three points and end the rest of the season on a high.”