WEBSTER CITY - Caleb Crouthamel has scored goals in a lot of different, even unique ways, over the last four years. But with his, um, posterior?
Now that's new.
Crouthamel, Webster City's all-time leading goal scorer, left it all on the pitch during his final match on the turf at Lynx Field last night, as he scored a career-high four goals in the Lynx 6-0 rout of Clear Lake in a Class 2A Substate 2 quarterfinal-round bout, their 12th consecutive victory.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Christian Lemus (17), Sam Bowman (8) and Garrett Gourley (11) rush to congratulate Caleb Crouthamel after the Webster City senior scored the second of his four goals in last night’s 6-0 victory over Clear Lake in a Class 2A Substate 2 quarterfinal at Lynx Field. It was Webster City’s 12th consecutive victory.
But it was his second goal that brought out the smiles and caused all of his teammates to leap on his back in celebration.
Already up 1-0 in the 10th minute, Clear Lake (7-6) attempted a throw-in to goalkeeper Bryson Hamilton. But Crouthamel didn't give up on the play and charged towards the ball just as Hamilton attempted to boot it deep down the field. It ricocheted off Crouthamel's backside back towards the goal and dribbled into the net for a 2-0 cushion.
"I've never scored with my butt before," Crouthamel said while smiling following the match. "But that was just hustle. We came out really intense and we were fired up for our last anything - soccer or football - on this field. We expected to come out and dominate."
Dominate the Lynx did.
WCHS (16-2-1) held a 27-4 shots on goal advantage, including 16-3 in the second half. And Crouthamel's exploits - he now has 21 goals on the season, tied for sixth in 2A - set the tone.
"We just followed Caleb's lead and he did a great job for us right away and gave us that spark," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said.
And the ricochet goal?
"I told him those are the best goals to score. I told him they're better than when you take them from the front side because you don't feel any pain," Signorin cracked.
Kirk Greenley assisted Crouthamel's first goal in the eighth minute with a throw in to the far side of the goal box. Crouthamel soared into the air and headed it just inside the left post on the low side.
Junior midfielder Christian Lemus made it 3-0 in the 16th minute off a penalty kick inside the lower 90 on the left. It came after the Lions' Carson Farmer received a red card for an intentional hand ball from inside the goal, as he attempted to prevent Cooper Jaycox from scoring from close range.
Another penalty kick off a hand ball in the box, this time taken by Crouthamel with just 18 seconds left in the first half, padded the Lynx lead to 4-0.
Senior Jonny Davis picked up the assist on Crouthamel's fourth goal in the 47th minute. Davis dribbled the ball down the left side of the field and lofted a pass into the box; a streaking Crouthamel got to the ball in stride and rifled it past a diving Hamilton and into the lower right-hand corner.
Davis collected his 14th goal of the season in the 76th minute from the left flank, 10 yards out. Lucas Daniels ripped a shot wide of the goal and Davis was there for the rebound.
WCHS has now outscored its last 12 opponents 52-4. The defense wrapped up its eighth shutout during the streak and 10th overall. Keeper Austin Koons had five saves.
"Our defense played absolutely great (last night) and they love it when we get that lead," Signorin said.
Up next will be a showdown with No. 3-ranked Hudson (18-1-1) on Wednesday in Hudson at 5 p.m. for the right to move on to the substate final. The Pirates were the last team to beat the Lynx; they pulled out a 2-0 victory back on Apr. 14.
But Crouthamel thinks Wednesday will be different.
"We're a lot better; we've come a long ways since we played them," he said. "And we're pretty fired up to get them back. We just want to come out intense and try to go harder than they do."
Signorin says another effort like last night's shutout could make the semifinal bout interesting.
"If we play like (last night), we've got a very good chance," Signorin said. "But our defense has to be spot on. We can't have mistakes because their guys up front are very dangerous and very technical, and they don't miss much."