HUDSON - The No. 13 was anything but unlucky for the Webster City boys' soccer team here yesterday evening.
In fact, it may become the new favorite number of every player in the purple and gold.
With its season on the line and playing in hostile territory, Webster City went out and secured the biggest victory in the history of the program, as the Lynx stunned No. 3-ranked Hudson, 3-1, in a Class 2A Substate 2 semifinal match on the Pirates' home field.
"We knew what we had to do and we just went out there and did it," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said after his club improved to 17-2-1. "All of the work that the guys have been doing, to go out there and perform like that was just amazing."
The win - the 13th straight for the team dating back to a 2-0 loss to Hudson back on April 14 - propelled WCHS into Saturday's substate final against Iowa Falls-Alden (9-9) at noon. The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced late last night that the match will be played at Lynx Field in Webster City. It was originally scheduled to be played in Hudson.
The Cadets knocked off winless Independence, 4-0, in the other substate semifinal last night.
WCHS, which will be out to qualify for its first state tournament, beat Iowa Falls-Alden twice during the regular season, 4-1 and 6-0.
Last night, senior all-state candidate Caleb Crouthamel was critical to the Lynx success, as he went off for two second-half goals, the first in the 51st minute to put WCHS in front 1-0, and again in the 70th minute to break a 1-1 tie and put the Lynx ahead to stay.
"Caleb was outstanding," Signorin said. "He and Christian (Lemus) controlled the middle, and when he had his chances he scored."
Crouthamel now has 23 goals on the season.
Classmate Jonny Davis padded the lead with his 15th goal off a Kirk Greenley assist with a little over a minute remaining to extinguish any chance Hudson (18-2-1) had of making a comeback.
Christian and Demar Lemus assisted on Crouthamel's two goals.
One of the biggest keys to the Lynx success came in the first half when they held Hudson scoreless when the Pirates had the 20-plus mph wind at their backs.
"They took the wind, but the defense absolutely shut them down and frustrated them," Signorin said. "I don't think Hudson really knew what we could do."
Lynx goalkeeper Austin Koons was on top of his game with six saves. The Pirates' lone goal in the 62nd minute came on a rebound shot.
Signorin says his players will go into Saturday's showdown with tunnel vision, as a spot in the state tournament looms so close.
"They're ready," he said of his players. "They've been ready and it definitely showed (last night)."