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East soccer player to meet with Woods Cross player she kneed in face

Published October 19, 2012 1:02 pm

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It's made headlines in Yahoo! and Huffington Post, among others. A knee to the face during a dead ball that caused thousands of YouTube viewers to gasp.

And now, East soccer player Pati Manu is looking to redeem herself for a five-second clip that's been making the rounds on the pathways of the Internet.

East's season is over, and Manu is a senior who doesn't participate in any community sports, so Region 6 can't truly sanction her. But officials at East have already had her apologize publicly on television and to her team.

Next week, Manu will meet with Makenzie Clark, the Woods Cross player that she kneed in the face. Afterward, the East and Woods Cross teams will meet and discuss sportsmanship, East principal Paul Sagers said.

Sagers emphasized that Manu has been embarrased by the viral video, which was captured in September but only discovered after East had played its final game. Community service might also be ahead for the senior who is trying to show that she's capable of redemption.

— Kyle Goon

kgoon@sltrib.com

Twitter: @kylegoon