FORT DODGE - For approximately 35 minutes in each of the two halves, the defense was solid for the Webster City girls' soccer team in its season opener at Dodger Stadium last night.
But with a depleted roster and against an opponent that was able to throw plenty of bodies at the ball, the Lynx eventually wore down.
Fort Dodge took advantage of the situation by scoring the go-ahead goal with 1:09 remaining in the first half, and the Dodgers put the match away with two more goals in the final 5 minutes of the second half to knock off Webster City, 3-0.
"We held them off for most of the game, but they had a little more bench than we did and that was the difference," WCHS head coach Greg Bock said. "As a team we played very good defense and I'm just so very proud of this young team for a splendid effort. Everybody gave their very best out there, but we just played a good team."
Bock credited veteran defender Kolby Stanley with thwarting many Dodger attacks, and junior goalkeeper Samantha Garcia stopped 17 shots in her first start.
"Samantha was tremendous in goal," Bock said.
Fort Dodge reeled off 22 shots on goal, compared to just three for the Lynx.
WCHS will travel to Mason City on Thursday for a match with the Mohawks at 4:45 p.m.