Navarro Penalty Shot Gives Statesmen OT Victory

The Statesmen celebrate after a penalty kick gave them the win over Avila on Saturday.

Oskaloosa – The William Penn women’s soccer team came out with another overtime win against Avila University, scoring the game winner three and a half minutes into the first OT. Iris Navarro drilled a penalty kick that was awarded after Anna Matthew took a foul in the box and the navy and gold came out with a 2-1 win. The team is now 1-0 on the young season.

The Statesmen started off hot with a quick attack made by Brittney Severson but the Avila keeper made the save. Severson had a good day, leading the team with six shots, but it was the Eagles who struck first off a corner kick just shy of 17 minutes played. Avila would be in control for much of the first half and would enter the halftime break ahead 1-0.

The Statesmen performed much better in the second half and put up five shots over the course of the first five minutes of the second frame. The team continued to press and eventually got a break. A free kick landed in the six-yard box right to the feet of Isabella Davies, who put the ball into the net for the first goal of the season. Tied at 1-1, the final 30 minutes of the game saw some back and forth action but no real great chances for either side. William Penn did outshoot the Eagles 14 -6 in the second half and 23-14 for the game. However, overtime was still needed.

Overtime started like the second half ended, as both teams seemed to be at a tactical stalemate. The foul on Matthew proved to be the decisive moment as Navarro would finish into the bottom right corner of the net. The winning goal sent the record-breaking crowd into euphoria. The Statesmen start the season with a win for the fourth straight year and have now racked up four wins in a row against Avila.

“Great game from our girls today and it was important we started the season with a win.,” Head coach Jaymee Highcock said after the game. “We didn’t play our greatest soccer but we worked hard and found a way to win. It was a great experience for our young players to play in front of a big crowd. We will prepare and work hard for our game next week.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Forest City, IA. next Thursday to face Waldorf in non-conference action at 5 p.m.

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