Penalty kicks doom WCHS girls in loss

WEBSTER CITY – Penalty kicks were problematic for the Webster City girls’ soccer team last night on the pitch at Lynx Field, and the result was arguably the most disappointing loss of the season.

After battling to a 1-1 draw through 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, the Lynx failed to execute on five of their six penalty kicks in a 2-1 loss to previously winless Humboldt.

The two teams both made 1-of-5 penalty kicks and went to sudden death. WCHS (1-6) – losers of four straight – again came up empty and Cassie Shimon gave the Wildcats (1-3) their first taste of success this season when she slammed the ball past goalkeeper Maia Jaycox and into the back of the net.

“It was pretty devastating because we thought this is a match we should have won,” WCHS head coach Greg Bock said. “Penalty kicks are something that we had practiced and I thought we were prepared for that phase, but we just didn’t convert them.”

WCHS faced what felt like an uphill battle most of the evening, as Humboldt got on the scoreboard less than four minutes into the contest.

“We just started out flat as a pancake,” Bock said. “The kids were slow getting started and giving up that early goal really hurt.”

The Lynx drew even midway through the first half on the second goal of the season by Molly Gilbert, and the assist came from Jaycox. The freshman keeper sent a booming punt down the field; Gilbert got to the ball in stride and took it the rest of the way to the goal.

Ashley Meyers accounted for the Lynx lone success during the penalty kicks portion. Bock credited her, as well as Olivia Bernard for keeping WCHS in contention at the defensive end of the field.

“Olivia Bernard and Ashley Meyers were excellent at as our sweeper and stopper,” he said.

WCHS held a slim 24-23 shots advantage and Jaycox finished with eight saves in goal.

The Lynx will get their shot at redemption on Monday when they’ll travel to Humboldt to meet the Wildcats again. The match will begin at 5:30 p.m.