Late goals help Jayettes tame Lions

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Perrys Mariah McNamara plays the ball past a Des Moines Christian defender at Dewey Field Monday.

Trailing 1-0 with 20 minutes to play, the Perry girls soccer team simply refused to yield.

Instead, the Jayettes poured on the pressure, scoring twice in the span of 52 seconds to steal a 2-1 non-conference win over Des Moines Christian at Dewey Field Monday.

“Our girls played OK in the first half and really showed some heart in the second half to charge to a comeback victory,” Perry assistant coach Fred Niebaum said. “We have now won two in a row, which is good momentum heading into two tough games, at Gilbert tomorrow and at Newton Friday.”

The Lions scored the first goal of the game with just over 20 minutes left in the contest, the only shot to slip past Jayette goalie Amparo Menendez, who stopped three other shots on goal.

Mariah Duffy, 6, passes the ball as  Selean Garcia, 13, looks on.
Mariah Duffy, 6, passes the ball as Selean Garcia, 13, looks on.

Perry jacked up the intensity in the final 10 minutes by taking seven shots, two of which tickled the nylon to secure the emotional win.

Freshman Sydney Guerra’s seventh goal of the season came on a perfectly-placed pass from Mariah McNamara with 6:07 remaining to knot the score. Then, at the 5:15 mark, Grace Marburger lifted a corner kick into the six-yard box that K.C. Gafkjen converted for the victory.

Perry improves to 4-5 overall on the season. The Jayettes are 1-3 in Raccoon River Conference play.

Photos appear courtesy of Fred Niebaum.

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PERRY 2, DES MOINES CHRISTIAN 1

at Dewey Field, April 27

Scoring by minute

DMC — name n/a, 60th.

PRY — Guerra (7), from McNamara (2), 84th.

PRY — Gafkjen (4), from Marburger (3), 85th.

Saves — PRY: Menendez, 3.

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