Strong second half carries Jayette soccer to road win

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Perry's Vivian Gonzalez races to cut off Des Moines Lincoln's Deysy Cruz in their May 18 match at Dewey Field.

ATLANTIC — Perry turned a 2-1 halftime lead into a 7-1 road victory over Atlantic thanks to flurry of goals in the second half, with four shots finding the nylon in a 12-minute span.

The Jayettes (9-6) received a goal in the 19th minute from Mariah McNamara, who converted off a Natalie Martinez for her first score of the season. Sydney Guerra put her name in the scoring ledger 10 minutes later thanks to the first assist of the season from Joselyn Perla.

Martinez scored eight minutes into the second half to open a 3-1 lead, with a sudden barrage beginning 15 minutes later dooming the Trojans (5-9).

Bailey Cmelik found the net for her first goal of the campaign off a Guerra assist in the 63rd minute, with Guerra assisting on a Martinez strike three minutes later as the lead swelled to 5-1.

Guerra added an unassisted goal in the 69th minute, the 13th of the season for the sophomore. Freshman Bryn Steffen’s second goal of 2016 came six minutes later and capped the scoring.

Martinez finishes the regular season with 30 goals, which leads the Raccoon River Conference. Best for eighth in the state, she has 10 more goals than any other freshman.

Perry awaits the winner of tonight’s game between Denison-Schleswig and Carroll, who will travel to Dewey Field for a Class 2A Substate 2 Semifinal with the Jayettes at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The opposite side of the bracket has No. 2 Lewis Central awaiting the winner of the Glenwood vs. Harlan match. The Substate Final will be played in Council Bluffs June 6 at 6 p.m.

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