PITCH POWERS: Lynx Lemus, High named 2A all-state

WEBSTER CITY – Demar Lemus wasn’t even close to the team lead in goals or assists, but it didn’t take a soccer savant to understand his value to the Webster City boys’ soccer team this past season.

One match was all you needed to watch to understand the impact.

Lemus, a junior and three-year starter for the Lynx, certainly gained the attention of the opposing teams and it paid off when it came time to name the postseason honors.

Lemus was named to the Class 2A all-state second team by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, it was announced on Friday.

WCHS freshman goalkeeper Ashton High was named honorable mention all state.

A key contributor as a freshman when the Lynx made their only state tournament appearance in 2012, Lemus amped up his duties this season in helping WCHS spend the season in the rankings. The Lynx closed the season with a 15-5 record.

Lemus, a midfielder, was responsible for dictating the pace of many matches – most of which went in the Lynx favor. He was also the team’s most consistent performer when it came time for penalty kicks.

“Demar was extremely important in the middle. He’s big and he’s strong and we really didn’t have a lot of that,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. “He was one of the guys behind the scenes a little bit … nobody had the impact like Demar.”

Lemus finished the season second on the team in goals with nine, including a penalty-kick dagger in the team’s substate quarterfinal win over South Tama County. He also distributed four assists.

Lemus’s 22 points was second on the roster, trailing only junior Seth Crouthamel (16 goals, eight assists, 40 points).

High was one of just two freshmen named to the 2A all-state squads. Norwalk’s Kason Crall was a first-team member.

High was an invaluable member of the successful Lynx squad, particularly when he was in the spotlight. He stopped three penalty kicks in a regular-season victory over seventh-ranked (1A) Clear Lake and again stepped up to key a shootout victory over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.

In 1,355 minutes in goal this season High made 64 saves and allowed just 13 goals.

“Ashton obviously stepped up big and I’m glad he received some type of recognition,” Signorin said. “I tried to count them up and I think he saved something like nine or 10 PKs this year. That’s just ridiculous.”

Signorin said he knew High would see the field in some capacity this season, but his performance in goal was a bit of a surprise.

“He’s a kid that would do anything for his team and I knew that from the start,” Signorin said. “He was a fun freshman to watch.”

High’s overall talents on the pitch may actually bring him out of the net next season.

“I’ll probably look like an idiot if I don’t keep him (in net), but you never know,” Signorin said. “I’ve already been thinking about how we’ll play around with it … we’ll see what happens.”