Lee reaches 20 goals, WCHS girls top ’Cats, 2-1

HUMBOLDT – A sluggish start put the Webster City girls’ soccer team in a 1-0 hole, but the Lynx responded and rallied to knock off Humboldt, 2-1, on Friday.

Senior forward Jesse Lee notched her 19th and 20th goals of the season – she’s one on only eight players in Class 1A to reach 20 this season – and Sarah Paukert collected both assists in the win.

“We started out pretty slow, but after we gave up that goal (the players) picked up the pace,” WCHS head coach Paul Baedke said after his club improved to 6-8 with its second straight win. “The defense really put the clamps on them.”

Humboldt (6-4) scored in the 12th minute and then got just four more shots the rest of the way. Defensemen Jenna Arbaugh, Hannah Williams, Brenda Castaneda and Taliyah Carr kept the zone clear, and goalkeeper Maia Jaycox was in position to make four saves.

Lee found the back of the net in the 17th minute to tie the match at 1. She put WCHS ahead to stay in the 63rd minute.

WCHS and Humboldt will meet again in a 1A Region 3 quarterfinal on Tuesday, June 3.