Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln girls finally break through, topple No. 1 Lewis Central

Abraham Lincoln’s Darby Thomas, second from left, celebrates with Julia Wagoner, left, and Katie Harold after a first-half score.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Class 2-A No. 1 Lewis Central girls had not lost to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln since 2014, and midway through the first half of Friday’s match at Gale Wickersham Stadium, it looked like it would be more of the same.

The Titans led 1-0 on a Johnna Miller goal and had an 11-0 shot advantage with a relentless attack.

But the Class 3-A No. 7 Lynx were slowly able to get things headed in the right direction.

And with 1:03 left in the match, Abraham Lincoln was celebrating its first lead after Darby Thomas scored her second goal of the game to propel the Lynx past a shocked Lewis Central squad.

Lynx coach Robbie Miller said his seniors badly wanted to beat their crosstown rival.

“They’ve been the bug in our side for the past 10 years,” Miller said. “It’s always a close game. It’s always a heated rivalry. It’s always back and forth.

“The seniors hadn’t beat them yet. They came out and got it.”

Thomas, a Nebraska track recruit who won the long jump and 100 hurdles at last week’s Drake Relays, said she wasn’t able to remember the exact sequence that came on her winning goal in the 79th minute from 16 yards out.

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“I got a pass from Julia (Wagoner), and I just knew that I had to work as hard as I could to get it into the net,” Thomas said.

“We had never beaten L.C. in like my four years here now. Beating L.C. is a big deal.”

Lynx keeper Rilee Filip was busy in net as the Titans outshot her team 22-9 for the match.

She finished with eight saves, and her biggest one came on a diving stop of a Mikayla McCart free kick from 21 yards out with just more than 17 minutes left to keep the game tied at 2-2.

Filip said it was the save of her life.

“I was shocked when I saved it because I was like, ‘Dang! Move my feet,’ she said. “And that’s what we’ve been working on, and I actually did it.”

She was able to gobble up another free kick attempt by Gracie Bernard with just seconds left to preserve the win and improve the Lynx to 9-2.

“I’m always on her about moving her feet,” Miller said. “Both big saves she was moving her feet. She’s got the surest hands of any goalie I’ve seen. She doesn’t normally make that diving save. She’s so strong, she was able to push it right out.”

Lewis Central fell to 8-3 with the loss. All eight wins have come on shutouts while the three losses have come when giving up at least one goal.

Lewis Central coach Chris Von Mende said he didn’t think that particular trend would affect his team going forward.

“I think this game will be a little bit in their heads,” he said, “but I told them, ‘Just forget about it’ because we came back several times and had the momentum.”

CB Lewis Central (8-3)..........2 0—2

CB Abraham Lincoln (9-2).....2 1—3

Goals: LC: Johnna Miller, Gracie Bernard. AL: Darby Thomas 2, Taren Newman. Shots: LC, 22. AL, 9. Shots on goal: LC, 11, AL 5. Saves: LC, Hannah Lucy 2. AL, Rilee Filip 8, TM 1.

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