Lynx girls put on defensive, fall to Lions

WEBSTER CITY – Winds strong enough to knock the players off balance if they weren’t paying attention proved to be a difficult challenge for the Webster City girls’ soccer team to overcome yesterday afternoon at Lynx Field.

Clear Lake used the 30 mph winds at its back in the first half to physically cripple the Lynx, and the Lions pounded the back of the net with shots over the final 40 minutes to claim a 4-1 victory.

The Lions (6-1) scored late in the first half to take the lead for good and then notched three unanswered goals in a stretch of seven minutes in the second half to put the bout out of reach.

“Our girls were pretty tired after fighting that wind in the first half. That was definitely a disadvantage,” WCHS head coach Paul Baedke said. “I figured it would be tight in the second half when we had the wind, but it just didn’t happen.”

Logan Anderson – an all-state basketball player for the Lions’ state-qualifying team this past winter – put up a hat trick. She scored the opening goal of the match on a beautiful header off a corner kick assist by Erin O’Tool with three minutes left in the opening half.

But Anderson was far from finished.

She maneuvered her way through the Lynx defense for her second goal with 20:22 remaining and then ripped the net again just over a minute later.

“That’s the first time I’ve seen (Anderson), but that header was really nice,” Baedke said. “Her teammates were willing to make the extra pass to her as well and she was good.”

It was an Anderson shot that didn’t go in that led to Clear Lake’s second goal less than 14 minutes into the second half. WCHS goalkeeper Maia Jaycox was able to dive and deflect her shot, but the ball bounced right to the foot of the Lions’ Ivy Hogg, who was uncovered in front of the goal.

Clear Lake out shot WCHS (3-6) 24-6 and owned a 14-3 shots on goal cushion.

Kennedy Daniels got the Lynx on the scoreboard with 16:30 remaining. She split three Clear Lake defenders and went low to skid the ball by Lions’ goalkeeper Ellie Biebesheimer.

Jaycox made 10 saves in goal. The Lynx defense did everything it could in the first half, but eventually ran out of gas.

WCHS?will return to the pitch next Monday against Humboldt.