Lynx wake up, bury CAL after break

WEBSTER CITY – A four-goal win didn’t do much to erase the disappointment that came from the first half in the eyes of Webster City boys’ soccer coach Craig Signorin yesterday evening at Lynx Field.

Signorin isn’t about to apologize for having high expectations for his program that reached the state tournament two years ago.

“I know we’re young and I know we’re inexperienced, but I still have the highest of expectations for these guys,” Signorin said after the Lynx scored four unanswered goals in the second half to runaway from CAL, 5-1. “There was a little bad taste left in my mouth, but I was happy with the way we played in the last 25 minutes.”

A sluggish first 40 minutes is what drew the ire from Signorin.

“I was just disappointed in how we played,” he said. “We were lazy in the middle and just doing a lot of standing out there. The last 20 minutes we were paling Webster City soccer and it looked pretty good, but we’re not going to be able to compete if we play like that against Clear Lake or even this Friday against Iowa Falls.”

Jose Cruz notched the first hat trick of his career and Seth Crouthamel added one goal and three assists in the win, which pushed WCHS to 4-2 on the season.

Cruz scored off a Crouthamel pass in the 22nd minute to give the Lynx a 1-0 lead at halftime.

CAL (0-2) knotted the match at 1 just one minute into the second half off a free kick, but Demar Lemus quickly responded with a rebound goal off a Landon Daniels free kick to put WCHS on top to stay.

Crouthamel made it 3-1 in the 63rd minute; Cruz rifled in his second and third goals in the 64th and 78th minutes off assists from Crouthamel.

WCHS out shot CAL 22-4, including 12-2 on goal. Lynx freshman goalkeeper Ashton High made one save.