Shmuts is well known for the own goal that he scored in the Soviet league game against FC Ararat on April 17, 1971. Shumts was going to throw the ball to his teammate and had already taken his hand with the ball back, but suddenly noticed that an Ararat player could intercept the ball and stopped the movement. The ball left his hand and crossed the goal line. That was the only goal in the game. This mistake was a heavy blow for the goalkeeper who never returned to his previous level of playing and never played again for the national team.