SAN JOSE, Calif. - Former Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch said it best.
“It had to be Lenny on wig night.”
With hundreds of blonde wigs illuminating the Buck Shaw Stadium crowd on the night of July 28, 2012, Quakes forward Steven Lenhart scripted the perfect ending for his namesake Wig Night themed match by notching a game-tying, stoppage-time goal to secure a valuable point in a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire.
The drama, however, started far before the first whistle.
Lenhart was questionable for the match as he continued to monitor a concussion suffered a month earlier in U.S. Open Cup play.
To the pleasure of the San Jose faithful, Lenhart trotted onto the pitch as a substitute in the 59th minute.
Down a goal entering stoppage time with eight minutes added, the Quakes were searching for the game-tying goal through the combination of both Chris Wondolowski and Lenhart.
What ended up transpiring in the 98th minute was that from a movie script.
After winning possession in the Quakes’ attacking half, Shea Salinas lofted a ball into the box onto the chest of Wondolowski. Shielding the incoming ball away from a Chicago defender, Wondolowski knocked down the ball to Lenhart at the top of the half circle.
In full stride, Lenhart powered through the ball and rifled his shot to the far corner, sending the crowd into “blond-haired bedlam.”