No. 14 WCHS boys survive again in shootout

WEBSTER CITY – At some point – whether it’s still this year or next – Webster City freshman goalkeeper Ashton High is going to return to reality.

But until then he’ll continue to enjoy the ride.

Facing a penalty-kick shootout with the match hanging in the balance for the second time in the last three weeks, High was yet again at his best last night. He stopped the first shot and played a significant part in two misses, and 14th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City went a perfect 3-for-3 to earn the 1-0 victory over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura at Lynx Field.

Demar Lemus, Seth Crouthamel and Esler Mejia all slammed in shots during the shootout. It went 3-0 in the Lynx favor; Garner-Hayfield/Ventura sent is second shot high over the net and the third banged off the crossbar.

“The goal is to save one and if you save that first one it’s in the next shooter’s head,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. “I don’t know how (High) is doing this. It’s unbelievable.”

High was a big reason why WCHS (14-4) knocked off Clear Lake in a shootout earlier this month. He stopped one PK in regulation and then another in the shootout.

Signorin will take the win, but he wasn’t particularly thrilled with what transpired on the pitch. WCHS fired off 22 shots in the first half, including 15 on frame; the Lynx finished with a 20-5 shots on goal advantage.

“We were really good at kicking it to the goalie. It was absolutely unbelievable,” Signorin said. “A lot of the guys were so happy for Ashton at the end, but we were also disappointed because we did not execute in the offensive third of the field.”

The Cardinals (4-9) saw their three-match win streak come to an end.

WCHS will host Humboldt Thursday at 5:30 p.m.