Football Language: (to) Pounce
The verb ‘to pounce’ describes the action of a cat attacking its prey – think a tiger jumping on a deer. The movement is quick and doesn’t allow the deer to react. In football if a striker pounces on the ball, he or she reacts quickly to a loose ball in the area and shoots, usually scoring. The verb usually collocates with ‘on’, and also ‘error’ and ‘ball’ – so pounced on an error.
Here are some examples.
Example (BBC): Swansea were back on level terms when Bony pounced on Rangel’s delightful 33rd minute cross.
Example (BBC): The hosts took a half-time lead when Samuel Eto’o pounced from close range.
Example (BBC): Gouffran was at his sharpest when he pounced after Hooiveld’s error.
The action ‘to pounce‘ is a trademark of a poacher. Check out our description of poacher and more phrases by coming along to languagecaster.com and accessing our football glossary.