The Waukee girls’ soccer team got even with conference opponent Johnston, but at a time when it meant so much more than the first time the two teams played against each other — at the state tournament. Rebecca Corbett’s goal in the fourth minute of overtime lifted the Warriors to a 1-0 win over the Dragons in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday.
Johnston won by the same score the first time the Warriors and the Dragons met back on May 21 in Johnston.
Waukee goalkeeper Miranda Hunzeker made two saves to help keep the game scoreless through full time and send the game into overtime. Corbett, then, took a shot from outside the box that looked like it would go wide, but caught Johnston’s goalkeeper, Emily Hanson, off guard and the ball slipped inside the left post, ending the game.
“It’s about time,” Waukee coach Tony Gabriel said. “I think we had two shots on goal the entire game and I told them after regulation just that one shot is all we need and Rebecca (Corbett) had that one step on a defender and took it and hit it.”
The Warriors continue their state tournament run tonight against Cedar Rapids Kennedy, who upset No. 2 Bettendorf in the first round. The game begins at 5 p.m. on field six at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.