KNOXVILLE — Morgan Peterson scored the first goal of the season for Newton’s girls soccer team and Audrey Rausch scored the first goal of her career during a 2-1 overtime win over Knoxville on Tuesday.
“The entire team played a great game, but the back line really stepped up and made some crucial stops when necessary,” Newton girls soccer coach Abby Lamont said. “We also had some great passing sequences from our transitional offense that we’ll focus on over the next few days to try and capitalize more in the offensive third.”
The game was scoreless at halftime. The Cardinals (1-0) got on the board first with Peterson’s goal about two minutes into the second half. It was assisted by Emma Lopez-Garcia.
Knoxville’s Hanna Linsley took five of the Panthers’ nine shots and scored a goal on one of them as she forced overtime.
In overtime, Rausch scored with about 1:30 to play in the period to give Newton a road win in its season opener.
“Overall, it was a great first game and jumping off point for our team to build upon,” Lamont said.
Newton goalkeeper Aurora Nehring had eight saves. Abby Wadle stopped six Newton shots for the Panthers (0-2).