Attacking Tigers score early, handle Lynx
WEBSTER CITY – The Webster City girls’ soccer team was too busy fending off attacks to set up its own offense Friday evening at Lynx Field, as Gilbert ended the Lynx three-match win streak and earned a little bit of payback in the process.
The Tigers (5-5) fired off 34 shots, including 19 on goal, and never let their foot off the gas in their 3-0 blanking of Webster City. It was a drastic turnaround from 10 days earlier when WCHS earned a shootout win over Gilbert in the final of the Boone tournament.
“I imagine their coach read them the riot act after (the first meeting) … they controlled the ball a lot better and had a lot better passing,” WCHS head coach Paul Baedke said. “They definitely worked on those diagonal passes.”
Gilbert scored twice within the first 10 minutes of the match. Clare Isenhart made the back of the net dance twice, while Megan Herrington scored once.
WCHS tacked up just four shots on goal. Goalkeeper Maia Jaycox collected 16 saves.
Lynx drop 2 at tourney
GARNER – Webster City’s losing skid reached three here on Saturday during the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura tournament.
The Lynx (3-5) scored first in both matches, but they were unable to maintain the leads in losses to Hudson (2-1) and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (4-1).
Hudson went on to beat Clear Lake in the championship match.
Jesse Lee blasted home a shot off an assist from Molly Gilbert less than four minutes into the bout with Hudson. The Pirates knotted it at 1 just 21?2 minutes later and then jumped ahead to stay with 47 seconds left in the first half.
Ashley Drynovski and Abby Staebell scored for Hudson. Jaycox came up with nine saves in net for the Lynx.
A Sarah Paukert goal in the 10th minute staked WCHS to the early nod on the host Cardinals. Lee provided the assist on a header.
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura tied the match in the 14th minute and then reeled off three unanswered goals after the intermission. Payton Bamrick, Shelby Rayhons, Mackenzie Van Gerpen and Autumn Weaver scored the goals.
“The girls played tough, but the last game we ran out of gas a little bit because it was back-to-back,” Baedke said. “We just couldn’t control the center of the field.”
WCHS will try to get back on the right track on Tuesday when it hosts Clear Lake at Lynx Field. The match will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the boys’ match.