BOONE - Jonny Davis might not have the experience that compares to many of his teammates on the soccer pitch, but what he lacks in one department he more than makes up for in others.
Athleticism and, maybe even more importantly, a willingness to learn are what have allowed Davis to thrive during his first year of varsity soccer this spring. And the Webster City senior continued to be a quick study here last night.
Davis recorded the first hat trick of his career and upped his season goals' total to seven, just one behind team leader Caleb Crouthamel, as he helped propel the Lynx to their fourth consecutive victory, 6-1, over Boone.
An all-district football and all-North Central Conference basketball player, Davis opted to join the soccer program on a whim this spring. So far the Lynx and head coach Craig Signorin have reaped the benefits.
"Everyone knows that Jonny's one of the best athletes in Webster City, but what I like about him is he's a smart player and he listens," Signorin said after his squad improved to 8-2-1 on the season. "He wants to learn and he wants to play better."
Davis scored two of his goals in the first half the first in the 11th minute, the second in the 29th minute to help stake WCHS to a 3-0 halftime lead. Crouthamel, the program's all-time scoring leader, put the Lynx in front to stay early on with his eighth goal of the spring in the seventh minute.
Scoring early was the key to the eventual blowout, Signorin said.
"The guys came out intense and they never let up. It was fun to watch," he said. "If these guys play like this for 80 minutes, I think that maybe we're pretty dangerous."
Davis' third goal put WCHS in front 4-1 just 13 minutes into the second half, and Christian Lemus added to the cushion with goals in the 69th and 79th minutes.
Lemus now has five goals on the season.
The defense continued to be strong for WCHS. Goalkeeper Austin Koons anchored the unit with seven saves.
During its recent four-match surge, the Lynx have outscored their opponents by a whopping margin of 19-2. But they'll see their streak come under heavy fire on Saturday at the Waverly-Shell Rock Tournament when they open up against 11th-ranked (Class 2A) and unbeaten Benton Community (8-0) at 10:50 a.m.
"We'll see where we really rank in 2A, if we're in that top 10 or if we're on the outskirts," Signorin said.