WCHS girls unable to slow down Tigers, generate any offense in 1A regional

GILBERT – Shot after shot eventually turned into goal after goal for Gilbert last night in a Class 1A Region 4 quarterfinal soccer match against Webster City.

The Tigers (11-5) converted on just one of 20 shots on goal in the opening half, but they found their range over the final 40 minutes and scored five more times in a 6-0 shutout win over the Lynx.

Gilbert advanced to Friday’s regional semifinal against No. 11-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Reinbeck. The Rebels (10-3) hammered Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, 10-0, in another quarterfinal last night.

WCHS (3-13) went into the offseason with just one shot on goal in its final match. It came in the second half.

“Gilbert is such a fine team and just very superior to us in skill and experience,” WCHS head coach Greg Bock said. “I was really proud of our girls and the way they played, especially in the first half. We just played excellent defense.”

Peyton Jones scored midway through the first half to give Gilbert the upper-hand for good.

Three goals in the first six minutes of the second half put the match out of reach. Shelby Gibson found the back of the net in the 42nd minute, and Katie Reed notched back-to-back goals in the 43rd and 46th minutes.

Julianna Battles and Megan Herrington added goals in the final seven minutes of play.

Gilbert finished with 31 shots on goal. WCHS starting goalkeeper Molly Gilbert came up with 22 saves before being pulled for Maia Jaycox in the second half.

The Lynx said goodbye to five seniors – Brittney Dodge, Olivia Bernard, Brenna Paukert, Ashley Meyers and Rachel Hoffman.

“It’s been great to have them,” Bock said of his seniors. “They were really the heart and soul of our team over the last two or three years.”