WEBSTER CITY - Against the wind or with it, it didn't really matter. The Webster City girls' soccer team was simply overmatched on the pitch at Lynx Field yesterday evening.
Playing shorthanded - the team's top defensive back Kolby Stanley was missing in action because of the flu - Webster City was game defensively in the early minutes against Clear Lake, but eventually the Lions found the gaps and sent shots screaming at the net.
And Lynx goalkeeper Samantha Garcia could only do so much.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS goalkeeper Samantha Garcia (left) leaps up to intercept a pass off a corner kick, one of her 16 saves in the Lynx 4-0 loss to Clear Lake last night.
Clear Lake jumped on the scoreboard in the 15th minute to move in front for good in a 4-0 shutout of the Lynx.
"They're a better team than we are and they're very well coached," WCHS head coach Greg Bock said after his club slipped to 2-7 on the season. "I was very pleased with how we played defense against them in the first half, but we got tired ... we just have a very small bench this year. And without Kolby, they picked on her position in the back and got two goals on us in the second half."
Clear Lake (6-2) outscored WCHS 9-0 in two regular season victories this season. The Lions have won three straight matches - the first win over the Lynx started the streak - and have outscored their opponents 19-0 during that stretch.
WCHS conjured up just four shots on goal, compared to 21 mostly fastballs at the net by Clear Lake. Garcia jumped and dove her way to 16 saves that kept the match respectable.
"Samantha played really well again in the goal against a nasty wind," Bock said. "It was tough to see some of those balls coming."
Ashley Meszewski scored the initial goal from straight on inside the penalty box. Her rifle shot was just over the outstretched arms of Garcia and it crashed into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
Logan Anderson gave the Lions a 2-0 edge just before the halftime break. A steal on the left side allowed her to turn and send a bending shot from 20 yards out that snuck inside the right bar in the 39th minute.
Even going against the 20 mph wind in the second half didn't diminish the Lions' attack. Ivy Hogg booted the ball towards the net in the 48th minute and a diving Garcia was unable to get her hands on the ball right in front of the goal. Megan Kopriva was able to sneak in behind and chip it into the net for a 3-0 lead.
Just two minutes later Hogg added her own goal on a shot from the left side of the field. It somehow turned into the wind and out of the reach of Garcia.
WCHS had several chances late to break up the shutout, but Rachel Hoffman and Rachel Kauffman both sent shots wide of the goal on breakaways.
The Lynx will try to get back on track on Friday when they face Iowa Falls-Alden.