One-sided bout: Gilbert dominant on pitch, cruises past Lynx

GILBERT – Maia Jaycox served as a human piata for the Gilbert girls’ soccer team here Friday evening, only the Tigers used a ball rather than a stick to pelt her relentlessly.

Webster City’s freshman goalkeeper hung tough for the better part of 80 minutes, but like any piata, she eventually succumbed to the barrage of whacks.

Utilizing its superior power, speed and skill, Gilbert cranked out 40 shots – 20 of them were on goal – in its 6-1 victory over the Lynx.

Jaycox did all she could, coming up with 14 saves, including four in the initial seven minutes when the Tigers had seven cracks at the back of the net.

“Maia did a really nice job in goal for us and she is really maturing as a goalkeeper,” WCHS head coach Greg Bock said after his squad dropped its third straight match and slipped to 1-5 on the season.

Knowing his team was going to be swimming upstream throughout against the previously ranked Tigers, Bock bunkered his entire lineup into the goal box to try to prevent Gilbert from piling up the goals.

It worked … for a while.

“We were playing the Catenaccio defense to protect our goal and we did a real nice job of it in the first half,” Bock said. “The second half we got a little tired at the end, but our kids played really hard.”

Gilbert (2-4), which ended a three-match skid, rifled off 13 shots before finally hitting paydirt. Peyton Jones sent a laser just inside the left post from 20 yards out in the 24th minute to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

Laura Murray scored off a corner kick six minutes later to give Gilbert a 2-0 halftime cushion.

Joy Battles added a pair of second-half goals for the Tigers, and Jones finished it off, courtesy of a crossing pass assist from Maura Saltzman in the final minute.

WCHS played without senior sweeper Rachel Kauffman, who was injured last week.

“It really hurt missing Rachel Kauffman, but she’ll be back next week hopefully,” Bock said. “But Olivia Bernard did a real nice job at sweeper for us.”

With its defensive formation, WCHS rarely had possession of the ball. The Lynx didn’t get off a shot until the 79th minute when Molly Gilbert got free in the center of the field.

The Lynx second and final shot produced their only goal with 1:20 remaining. Midfielder Brenna Paukert caught the Tigers napping on a free kick from 15 yards out and she sent it over the head of Tigers’ goalkeeper Nicole Adolphson and into the back of the net.

Paukert has scored three of the Lynx four goals this season.