Lions receive hat trick in shutout of Lynx

WEBSTER CITY – Molly Gilbert spent seconds, not minutes, but seconds in goal for the Webster City girls’ soccer team yesterday evening at Lynx Field.

That’s all the time it took for her to get injured.

It was that kind night for the Lynx in a 6-0 loss to North Central Conference rival Clear Lake.

The Lions’ Madi Wendel scored on a breakaway with 2:14 remaining and then accidentally spiked Gilbert in the forearm, leaving one of the Lynx top players visibly hurt as she slumped on the turf.

“It was just one more thing,” WCHS head coach Greg Bock said.

Clear Lake (6-2) received a hat trick from Hannah Bartlett and laced 35 total shots, 23 on goal, at the Lynx (2-7). Maia Jaycox collected 16 saves for WCHS, while Gilbert had one in her brief stay in net.

“We tried to play wide open with them and it worked for a while, but, boy, they’ve got some nice athletes on their team,” Bock said of the Lions. “We were outmatched and we knew that.”

WCHS was coming off a 2-0 win over Humboldt 24 hours earlier and the quick turnaround didn’t help its cause.

“We were a little bit slow and a little bit tired,” Bock said. “Still, I thought we played pretty well for what our abilities are.”

Bartlett put Clear Lake ahead to stay in the 20th minute with her first goal. She added her second and third goals in the 49th and 66th minutes.

“She’s a real veteran and a very excellent player,” Bock said of Bartlett. “They were a little quicker to the ball and their skill level obviously hurt us.”

Madison Faber punched in a goal late in the first half to give the Lions a 2-0 advantage at the intermission.

Logan Anderson also scored for Clear Lake.

WCHS will attempt to rebound on Friday when it travels to Alden to take on Iowa Falls-Alden at 6 p.m.