Tough defense paid off for the Van Horn girls soccer team.

The Falcons outshot host Kansas City East 3-1 in a shootout to emerge with a 2-1 victory Wednesday and even its record at 1-1. Naomi Kroeger scored the Van Horn goal.

“The girls showed a lot of heart,” Van Horn coach Matt Tracy said. “The weather was terrible. But the girls kept their heads in the game.”