No. 4 Lynx not crisp, pay the price against Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – In his three years at the helm of the Webster City boys’ soccer team, Craig Signorin says his squad has never played well at Clear Lake.

That trend continued last night.

Looking to add to its five-match win streak, the fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Lynx gave up an early lead and suffered a 4-2 loss to the Lions.

The last time WCHS surrendered four goals in a match? Go back all the way to May 16, 2011 against none other than Clear Lake.

“In three times up there we have not played well and I don’t know if it’s the Clear Lake curse or what,” Signorin said. “It was definitely sloppy.”

Clear Lake (6-1), which won its third straight, overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring back-to-back goals in a span of two minutes of the first half.

“Both of those goals came off throw-ins and the smallest guy on the field scored both of them,” Signorin said. “We were prepared for that too, so that’s not very good.”

The Lions jumped ahead 3-1 in the 48th minute. WCHS clawed back to within one goal on an unassisted shot from Demar Lemus.

WCHS had to force the issue late and that left its back line vulnerable for another Clear Lake goal, which occurred with three minutes remaining.

Sam Bowman notched the first goal of the game off an assist from Lucas Daniels in the fourth minute to put WCHS up 1-0.

The Lynx owned a 17-9 shots advantage, but the Lions made the most of their opportunities.

WCHS senior all-state goalkeeper Austin Koons had five saves.

Up next for the Lynx is a home bout against Boone on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.