WEBSTER CITY - When it rains goals, it pours goals.
Stuck with a goose egg for 35 minutes and starting to show signs of frustration, the Webster City boys' soccer team unleashed an offensive hurricane on Garner-Hayfield over the final 5 minutes of the first half last night on the pitch at Lynx Field.
Really, it took just 1 minute, 8 seconds.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Garrett Gourley (right) gets a handshake from teammate Jonny Davis following his goal that ignited the Lynx 7-0 win over Garner-Hayfield last night.
From the 4:14 mark to the 3:06 mark, the Lynx (5-2-1) rifled in three goals and the rout was on, as they drilled the Cardinals (0-4), 7-0.
"I might have sprouted a couple of gray hairs in the first 35 minutes, but other than that it was a big night for us," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. "We played absolutely great and it was exactly what I wanted to see from the guys."
Six different players got into the goal-scoring fun, keyed by senior Caleb Crouthamel - the program's all-time goals leader - with two. Garrett Gourley, Christian Lemus, Jonny Davis, Lucas Daniels and Aaron Hoffman all helped to pad the lead.
Gourley's shot with 4:14 remaining in the first half opened the floodgate, as he sent a laser past Garner-Hayfield keeper Nathan Hrubes for his first goal of the season.
"Garrett just found a window, and he was very patient," Signorin said. "(Hrubes) was amazing, just coming up with one big save after another (in the first half), but I knew we were eventually going to get one and it was going to start rolling after that."
Crouthamel scored the first of his two goals 43 seconds after Gourley's score, and 25 seconds later it was Christian Lemus' turn to extend the lead to 3-0 at the intermission.
Davis' third goal of the season pushed the Lynx edge to 4-0 in the 48th minute. Daniels rattled the net for a 5-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
Crouthamel again found paydirt in the 63rd minute, and Hoffman - a defender who played a key role in limiting Garner-Hayfield to just two shots on goal - jumped into the scoring column in the 72nd minute.
WCHS will hit the road today to face North Polk in Alleman at 5:30 p.m.