WEBSTER CITY - Caleb Crouthamel is a lead-by-example kind of soccer player, and that was exactly what the Webster City boys' soccer team needed as it trotted onto the pitch following the halftime break Friday evening at Lynx Field.
Frustrated and trailing Iowa Falls-Alden 1-0 after 40 minutes, the Lynx turned to their all-time leading goal scorer to ignite the rally, and he answered the bell.
Crouthamel scored a pair of goals in the initial 13 minutes of the second half to turn what was a forgettable performance into a rather easy 4-1 victory over the Cadets.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Demar Lemus (left) gets a congratulatory hug from older brother Christian following a second-half goal that helped to propel Webster City to a 4-1 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden Friday evening at Lynx Field. It was the Lynx second straight win.
"Caleb fired us up right away," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. "The first chance Caleb got he put away, and the second one he got he put away, too."
Crouthamel's goals came in the 44th and 53rd minutes to put WCHS in command for good. It was a welcome sight for Signorin, who was admittedly frustrated with his team's performance in the first 40 minutes.
"I don't want to say we came out flat, but we played absolutely horrible (in the first half)," he said. "We just get frustrated out there when we have the chances to score, and that's been our problem so far this season."
The Lemus brothers - Christian, a junior, and Demar, a freshman - took over midway through the second half to give the Lynx a cushion. Christian deposited the ball into the back of the net in the 59th minute to up the advantage to 3-1, and Demar extended the lead to three goals in the 70th minute.
Paton Clouse scored the opening goal of the match for Iowa Falls-Alden in the 19th minute to send the Cadets into the intermission in front, 1-0.
Lynx 2-2 at Hudson
HUDSON - Webster City extended its winning streak to four matches with victories over West Delaware and Postville during the opening two rounds of the Hudson Tournament on Saturday, but fatigue eventually set in and the Lynx dropped their final two contests to the host Pirates and Marshalltown to finish the day 2-2.
WCHS (4-3) blanked both West Delaware, 2-0, and Postville, 1-0. Unbeaten Hudson (9-0) scored a 2-0 win over the Lynx.
WCHS and Marshalltown were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. The match went straight to penalty kicks and the Bobcats prevailed.
Lucas Daniels and Crouthamel scored the Lynx goals in the win over West Delaware. Daniels was in perfect position to take a crossing pass in the 5th minute and he was all alone for the easy score to put WCHS in front to stay.
"We played really solid the first two games and it was fun to watch," Signorin said.
Crouthamel scored on a header; Nick Olmstead notched the assist on a throw in.
Crouthamel punched in his fourth goal of the season to make the difference against Postville.
Hudson's lineup up front impressed Signorin, as the Pirates went on to an unbeaten day.
"Hudson has great, very technical players up top," he said. "They have size, speed ... everything you want up there."
Kirk Greenley accounted for the Lynx goal during regulation against Marshalltown. But by then, Signorin says his players were running on empty.
"We played OK, but we were dying by that point," he said. "It was a long day, and it was pretty sloppy soccer because both teams had just gotten done playing three games."
WCHS will have a week to rest and prepare for its next match, which will be against Garner-Hayfield next Monday evening at Lynx Field.