WEBSTER CITY - Jonny Davis is used to being The Guy - the one opponents point to with an emphasis of trying to contain.
That's not to say he enjoys it; quite the contrary. He'd rather be the player no one pays attention to, something he's finally found on the soccer pitch.
"It's a lot of fun and I'm glad I went out," Davis, a first-year soccer player, said yesterday following Webster City's 9-0 thrashing of Clear Lake at Lynx Field. "I'm having a good time and it's nice being the guy no one really pays attention to."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
After taking a crossing pass from teammate Lucas Daniels, WCHS senior Caleb Crouthamel heads in his second of three goals as teammate Garrett Gourley starts to celebrate yesterday evening at Lynx Field. Jonny Davis also had a hat trick and the Lynx walloped Clear Lake, 9-0, for their 10th straight victory.
That spotlight may soon be back, however.
Davis rattled off three goals in the first 23 minutes of action for his second hat trick of the season, and teammate Caleb Crouthamel - The Guy on the WCHS squad who already owns the program's all-time goals record - finished up his hat trick in the second half as they were the catalysts of the Lynx most lopsided bout of the season.
"I'm very, very happy right now," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said after his team won for the 10th straight time to improve to 14-2-1 overall. "The guys did exactly what they're supposed to do and the ball was going in the net like it's supposed to."
The Lynx month-long tear includes six shutouts, and they've outscored their last 10 opponents 43-4.
WCHS owned a 30-7 shots on goal advantage over Clear Lake (6-6).
Yesterday it was all about hustle. Davis' first two goals in the sixth and seventh minutes came after he outran the Clear Lake defense to the ball from close range. Crouthamel fed the first goal from just beyond midfield.
"Hustling pays off out there," Davis, who has 12 goals on the season, said. "In soccer, it seems like if you get a goal early you'll have momentum and we got rolling (yesterday) and the goals kept coming."
Crouthamel's first goal off a free kick from Aaron Hoffman came from 15 yards out in the 14th minute. Davis finished off his highlight-reel first half in the 23rd minute with a flick into the net a split-second before colliding with Lions' goalkeeper Bryson Hamilton on a breakaway.
Defensive back Nick Olmstead capped the first half with his first goal of the season in the 39th minute to send the Lynx into the break ahead 5-0. A corner kick from Christian Lemus bounced around in front of the net for several seconds before Olmstead was able to boot it home on the Lynx third shot.
Junior midfielder Christian Lemus notched his ninth goal of the campaign in the 48th minute on a floater from 30 yards out. It just snuck under the crossbar and Lions' backup keeper Austin Perego could only watch it go in above his head.
Crouthamel's second goal came in the 53rd minute on a header from close range, courtesy of a towering crossing pass from the right wing by Lucas Daniels. Sam Bowman joined the fun in the 65th minute when he beat the Lions' third keeper Brice Wilcke on the low side, and Crouthamel finished it off with his 16th goal of 2012, which places him in the top 10 in Class 2A.
"Caleb was great," Davis said. "He and Christian are just excellent players; they really know what they're doing out there."
Lynx keeper Austin Koons was rarely tested and he finished with five saves. He made a nice diving stop to thwart a threat early in the first half, only minutes after Hoffman saved what would have been the first goal of the game after the Lions' Jack Abbas out-raced Koons to a ball in the open field. Abbas rifled a shot towards the net, but Hoffman bolted into the zone and blocked the ball out of bounds.
"Keeping it at zero is big to do," Signorin said. "Sometimes I don't know if we lose sight of the ball or what back there, but we've always got guys there, and that was a big play (by Hoffman)."
WCHS will close up shop on the regular season at home on Thursday against Humboldt at 5:30 p.m.