DES MOINES — An unlucky break turned out to be a fatal mishap Friday as Perry was knocked from the girls soccer postseason by Des Moines Hoover, who claimed a 2-1 win (3-0 PK).
Glenda Cruz scored her fifth goal of the year off a free kick from 20 yards away in the 17th minute of the first half, with Perry making the score stand up until late in the second half, when a Jayette defender attempted to block a shot. Unfortunately for Perry, the ball angled off the player and into the goal to tie the score at 1-all.
Neither team was able to score in a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, sending the game to penalty kicks, which Hoover won easily, 3-0.
“It was a heartbreaking loss in part because we played at a level we had not played all season,” Perry assistant coach Fred Niebaum said. “We outplayed them (Hoover) the whole 100 minutes of play but when you get into a shootout it becomes anyone’s game. This will be a tough game to get over, but out girls can hold their heads up high because they left it all out there in the field.”
Amparo Menendez made nine saves between the pipes for Perry.
Cruz, Erica Tenold and Olivia Herrera all played their final games for the Jayettes in the loss.