WEBSTER CITY - Momentum is never a bad thing, particularly when the fate of the season will be decided in just days.
The Webster City girls' soccer team kept its spirits high yesterday evening at Lynx Field, as the purple and gold ended its regular season with a second consecutive victory.
The Lynx (4-9) controlled tempo and imposed its offensive will on Collins-Maxwell-Baxter (1-15), particularly in the second half with a pair of goals en route to a 2-0 victory.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
WCHS sophomore Cassidy Peck (right) soars and blocks a pass intended for CMB’s Katie Ziesman near midfield last night at Lynx Field.
"It was a really good win for us and it gives us a lot of confidence going into the postseason," WCHS head coach Greg Bock said. "It was just a tremendous effort on the part of all the girls and I'm really proud of them."
Sophomore Molly Gilbert erased the scoreless tie less than 3 minutes into the second half with a rocket by Raiders' freshman goalkeeper Lexi Breon. It was Gilbert's fourth goal.
The bout remained 1-0 in Webster City's favor until there was just 1:04 remaining. Gilbert looked for her second score on a shot from inside the goal box. Breon was there for the save, but she was unable to hang onto the ball and it landed right on the foot of Lynx junior Rachel Hoffman, who booted in her fifth goal.
CMB got very few good looks at the net, and Lynx keeper Samantha Garcia was there to scoop up anything that came her way. She finished with six saves.
Bock also praised the work of junior sweeper Rachel Kauffman, as she kept a slew of balls away from Garcia and the net.
WCHS will now turn its attention to the postseason and a date with formidable regional opponent - No. 5-ranked Nevada (11-4). The two teams will meet in a Class 1A Region 5 quarterfinal on Tuesday in Nevada at 6 p.m.
"We were a little unlucky with the draw, but we'll give it our best shot," Bock said. "The girls are ready to see if we can compete with (Nevada)."