Falcons Finish: A-P steals one from Lynx with 2 late goals

WEBSTER CITY – Webster City defenders – Jenna Arbaugh, Taliyah Carr, Hannah Williams and Brenda Casteneda among others – go ahead and take a bow.

Goalkeeper Maia Jaycox, please come forward for your curtain call.

You all deserve it.

The WCHS back line did everything humanly possible to get its team back on track last night at Lynx Field, but there’s only so much artillery a unit can take before it eventually has to retreat.

Aplington-Parkersburg possessed the ball for the majority of the match and out shot the Lynx 36-11, including 19-8 on goal, and yet the Falcons needed a late rally to secure the 2-1 overtime victory.

A-P (6-3) knotted the match at 1 with just 6:42 remaining in regulation and then won it with a golden goal in the second 10-minute overtime period with just 2:43 left on the clock.

“I think (the entire defense) played very well and fought off a lot of shots,” WCHS head coach Paul Baedke said. “The defense was all over the place and tackling hard. They ran down a lot of girls (yesterday) and I know they’re tired.”

Arbaugh, Carr, Williams and Casteneda all thwarted numerous attacks by the Falcons, and when they did get a shot off towards goal Jaycox was there to put on the brakes.

Jaycox finished the match with 17 saves, nine coming in the first half when WCHS (4-8) jumped out to a 1-0 lead despite a 13-3 disadvantage in shots taken.

Lynx junior Molly Gilbert put her team in front with 16:29 left in the first half when she out-muscled a pair of A-P defenders as they raced down the middle of the field. Kennedy Daniels sent a pass towards the goal and Gilbert was able to out run the defense and rifle a shot by Falcons’ keeper Kymberli Lind.

It remained 1-0 until A-P finally got the break it was looking for. Amanda Taylor turned and fired from the far left side of the field. The shot went right to Jaycox, but the ball trickled through the sophomore keeper’s hands and a late dive on her part was unable to stop it from bouncing into the goal.

Neither team threatened in the first extra session, but WCHS had several chances in the second OT. Senior Jesse Lee got two open looks at the goal in the initial three minutes.

Sensing a penalty-kick shootout could be possible, A-P’s Stephanie Faust scored the match-winner on a deflection in front of the goal. Jaycox was able to get a hand on a shot from the right wing, but it went right to the foot of Faust, who was able to slam it inside the post on the left.

“I thought (Jaycox) played very well,” Baedke said. “She had one bad bounce that she couldn’t corral, but other than that she was great.”

Lind piled up seven saves in goal for the Falcons.

WCHS will be back on the pitch at Lynx Field today against Boone at 5:30 p.m.