When American University midfielder Jon Hall scored two goals in nine seconds during American's 3-2 loss to George Washington University Wednesday, he turned heads and, quite possibly, made soccer history.

Although such records are not kept by the NCAA or the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America, his goals might be the quickest in the history of organized soccer.

"There is no probability to that happening," said Aydin Gonulsen, who was in charge of ISAA records until three years ago. "I've been in soccer for a long time and I can't imagine something like that happening. Maybe one quick goal, but no way there would be two goals. And there's no way the same guy could score two goals in that time."

AU spokesman Terry Cornwell said he submitted a formal letter to the "Guinness Book of World Records," claiming it was "the fastest elapsed time between two goals by the same player."

With the Eagles trailing by 2-0 midway in the second half, Hall scored at 68:35 and at 68:44.

"I can't believe all the attention I'm getting," said Hall, from Watford, England. "It's nothing at home when you score goals like that."

His accomplishment couldn't have happened under international rules, in which the clock is not stopped after a goal is scored.

"It's certainly unusual for a team to score that quickly, but for the same player to do it is fantastic," soccer historian Mickey Cochrane said from his home in Bowling Green, Ohio. "There's no specific record dealing with something like that, but I've never heard of two goals scored that fast by the same player."

Cochrane, who keeps records for the ISAA and the National Soccer Coaches of America, said he heard about a team scoring twice within a minute in 1983, but the same player didn't get both goals. He said that, while he coached Johns Hopkins in the 1960s, the Blue Jays and their opponents totaled three goals in the last minute of an overtime period.

"It's incredible what he has done, considering George Washington had the ball after the first goal and he had to go 60 yards {from midfield}."

Hall, who leads AU with five goals, scored the first goal on an assist from freshman Paul Allen to cut GW's lead to 2-1. After that, the Colonials kicked off. The ball went back toward a GW player and Hall charged immediately.

"They played it back," Hall said. "It went to the right back and I hit him hard. I hit him very hard and poked him off his feet. The ball flew out and {teammate} Frode Willumsen knocked it through."

The ball deflected off a defender and spun toward the GW penalty box.

"I was off-balance and there was no where I could go," Hall said. "I just smacked it as hard as I could."

His hard shot from about 20 yards was directed toward Colonials goalkeeper Harry Bargmann, but the ball tailed to the left and Bargmann couldn't reach it. "The ball took off and it was making a right path," Hall said. "But then, because I sliced it with the outside of my foot, it turned left."

Two minutes later, GW's Kenny Emson scored on a breakaway to win for the Colonials.

"Unfortunately, it was a losing effort," AU Coach Pete Mehlert said. "Jon's goals didn't stick in my mind . . . It's nice but I haven't given it any thought."

Gonulsen, who coached Sangamon State (Ill.) to the NAIA title last year, said: "I can't imagine it happening. Anyone who witnessed it is very fortunate because it will never happen again." Special correspondent Jim Brady contributed to this report.