WEBSTER CITY - Defensive-minded from the start, the Webster City girls' soccer team did everything it could to thwart the quick-strike offense of fifth-ranked (Class 1A) Gilbert last night at Lynx Field.
And for a while it worked.
Throwing the majority of its players towards the back of the field to help out goalkeeper Samantha Garcia, the Lynx (2-6) held the Tigers (8-3) without a goal for more than 16 minutes. But, eventually, Gilbert found its aim from long range and began to rifle shots at Garcia, as the visitors went on to claim a 4-0 victory.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Julia Bernard (16) and Kolby Stanley (center) battle Gilbert’s Clare Isenhart for the ball last night at Lynx Field.
"We came out with the intention of playing really tough defense and launching our forwards in the hopes of getting one or two goals on them, and we really frustrated the Gilbert offense," WCHS head coach Greg Bock said. "But they're a wonderful team. They have excellent skills and they're well coached."
All-state player Blair Holck poured in two of Gilbert's goals, the first coming in the 31st minute to propel the Tigers into the intermission ahead 2-0. She scored again in the 67th minute to pad the lead to four goals.
Michaela Gibson broke the scoreless tie in the 17th minute on a long shot. Laura Murray added a goal for the Tigers in the 65th minute.
Gilbert finished with 17 shots on goal, compared to just three for the Lynx. Garcia had 16 stops in goal.
"I was really pleased with our girls," Bock said. "This was without question our best game of the year defensively, and our entire defense was superb."
WCHS will be off until a week from Tuesday when it will host Clear Lake at Lynx Field. Match time is set for 5:30 p.m.