Avery Green had trouble concentrating at school Thursday at Maize South.
How could you concentrate when your task that nigth was to shut down Newton’s Brookelynn Entz, a Kansas State commitment who has torched some of the most formidable defenses in the area this season, tallying 16 goals to go along with eight assists.
“It was definitely in my head all day,” Green said. “I was pumping myself up for this one.”
Entz may be one of the best around at her craft, but Green proved to be her equal in a 1-0 victory in overtime for Maize South (5-3) over Newton (7-2) on Thursday at Maize’s grass field.
It avenged a 4-3 loss to Newton 12 days ago when Entz produced a hat trick. This time around Maize South coach Marlon Rios decided to bring Green off his back line into the midfield and gave her license to follow Entz wherever she moved on the field.
“That was the difference,” Rios said. “Putting Avery on their best player allowed our other players to be free. I thought Avery rose to the occasion and she did a fantastic job of shutting down Entz and not giving her too much freedom. She was our best player.”
Newton is so accustomed to funneling its attack through Entz, who finished the game without a shot on goal, that it struggled to create anything dangerous.
“They did a really good job of taking Brooke away,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “Avery did a fantastic job. She was anywhere where Brookelynn had a chnace to get behind the defense, she was there to stop it. We have to do a better job of going forward and getting more ladies involved in our attack.”
Each team had one quality chance to win it in regulation, both off corners. Maize South’s Gaby Crowell had a shot just outside the 18-yard box bounce off the woodwork, then a cross landed and rolled dangerously across Maize South’s goal that Newton nearly swept in.
But the winner didn’t come until the 86th minute when Newton’s back line became too concerned by the surrounding attackers to step up and discourage Kailey Corr from blasting an uncontested shot.
Corr, making a run up from the back line, side-stepped one defender, took two touches and let one rip from 25 yards out. The low-traveling shot had enough pace to make it too difficult for Newton’s keeper Megan Akers to handle.
“It was like a miracle, kind of,” Corr said of her first goal of the season. “It’s really emotional when you have everyone running up to you to hug you. This is just really exciting and it’s an amazing feeling.”
Overtime–Maize South, Corr (Peebler). Shots–Newton 1-3-0--4, Maize South 4-5-2--11. Saves–Newton, Akers 4-5-1--10; Maize South, Johannsen 1-3-0--4.