BOYS SOCCER: Depleted by injury, No. 14 Lynx unable to fend off No. 7 Lions

CLEAR LAKE – Completely out of healthy bodies to throw onto the field, the 14th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City boys’ soccer team had a hard time keeping up with No. 7 (1A) Clear Lake on the Lions’ home turf last night.

Still, WCHS head coach Craig Signorin liked the fight in his team.

Both teams got off 11 shots, and Clear Lake held just a 5-4 advantage on frame, but the Lions made better use of their chances as they scored a pair of second-half goals to knock off WCHS, 2-0.

It was a bit of payback for the Lions, who lost a 1-0 penalty-kick shootout to the Lynx earlier this season. They also ended a five-match win streak for WCHS.

“You never want to lose, but losing to a good team and battling the whole time, you can’t really be too down about it,” Signorin said. “We didn’t have our full 11, but that’s really no excuse. We battled with what we had and I’m proud of what we did and how we played.”

Already missing starting defensemen Cole Briese and Riley Beightol for the season, WCHS (13-4) was without senior Brandon Jessen because of an injured ankle last night. Signorin also opted to sit leading goal scorer Seth Crouthamel for the final 20 minutes.

The Lions (10-3) went ahead for good in the 49th minute on a goal from close range by Jack Finn. Antonio DiMarco scored the insurance goal in the 75th minute.

WCHS freshman goalkeeper Ashton High made three saves.

The Lynx will get right back at it tonight at home against Garner-Hayfield/Ventura at approximately 7:15 p.m. The match will follow the WCHS girls’ home date against Boone, which will get underway at 5:30 p.m.