Goals were at a premium at the 2019 Newton High girls’ soccer Cardinal Invitational on Saturday. All three games were won by one goal.
Hosting Newton’s Cardinals lost 2-1 to Des Moines Lincoln after the Railsplitters claimed the victory on penalty kicks, 4-3. The teams played to a 1-all tie in the 60-minute regulation game.
The Rails won the tournament with a 2-1 win over the Perry Jayettes. Lincoln scored the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in the contest.
Newton bounced back with a 1-0 victory against Perry to finish second. Perry, which had a three-game win streaking coming into tournament, was third.
To open the day, the Cardinals and Rails squared off at H.A. Lynn Stadium under full sunshine but windy conditions. Newton broke through with a goal by freshman Brynn Cazett with 4:34 let in the first half.
Newton had a 1-0 halftime lead. Lincoln’s Brissa Parra scored the equalizer at the 18:06 mark of the second half. Regulation ended at 1-1.
The Rails were able to score four penalty kicks. The Cardinals got three PKs from senior Rachel Rhoads and juniors Madilynn Amos and Ashley Van Sickle.
Newton and Perry had a scoreless first half. Junior Kameron Nehring found the net for the Cardinals with 15:30 remaining in the game. The Cardinals protected the 1-0 lead the rest of the way for the win.
Freshman goalkeeper Aurora Nehring, unofficially, had 10 saves in the two games.
Newton (3-2) has back-to-back varsity-only dates to open this week. The Cardinals host Marshalltown at 5:30 p.m. Monday at H.A. Lynn Stadium then play their first road game at 5 p.m. at Oskaloosa — a Little Hawkeye Conference game.
Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
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