WEBSTER CITY - Years from now, players, coaches and fans alike will point to the spring of 2012 as the beginning.
It's when the Webster City boys' soccer program earned its rightful spot on the map.
Senior forward Caleb Crouthamel and junior goalkeeper Austin Koons had as much to do with that feat as anybody.
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WCHS senior forward Caleb Crouthamel (10) gets tripped up while closing in on the goal against Clear Lake at Lynx Field this past spring. Crouthamel, who led the Lynx to their first-ever state tournament appearance in May, was recently named a Class 2A second-team all-state member, as was teammate Austin Koons.
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WCHS junior goalkeeper Austin Koons lunges for a stop at Lynx Field this season. Koons helped turn in 10 shutouts in the spring, helping him earn Class 2A second-team all-state status.
Following a magical season that culminated with the program's first-ever Class 2A state tournament appearance in May, Crouthamel and Koons were recently honored by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association as 2A second-team all-state members.
They're the first players in program history to earn such lofty status, and Lynx head coach Craig Signorin thinks both players should be excited by what they've accomplished.
"It's awesome ... to have two guys from Webster City representing us, it's something they should be very proud of," he said.
Boys All-State Teams
By Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Assoc.
Austin Bergstrom, Cedar Rapids Washington; Jac Carlson, Waukee; Jon Choda, Waukee; Juan Espinal, Muscatine; Tyler Neumann, Johnston; Fernando Pacheco, Iowa City High; Mueng Sunday, Iowa City West; Konnor Tranoris, West Des Moines Valley; Alex Troester, Iowa City West; Eric Wiliams, West Des Moines Valley; Ben Feltes, Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Ali Al-Yasseri, Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Ben Avery, West Des Moines Dowling; Tyler Chavez, Iowa City High; Tom Dunlavy, Bettendorf; Austin Gochneaur, Ankeny; Luke Heindl, Cedar Falls; Kimu Kasha, Cedar Rapids Washington; Michael Moore, Bettendorf; Austin Reutzel, Cedar Rapids Prairie; Matt Shannon, Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Nick Slavens, Pleasant Valley; Andrew Patience, Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Zubeen Azari, Spirit Lake-Park/Okoboji; Pauly Apostolopoulous, Pella; Grant Barrick, Pella; Nick Bobst, Norwalk; Tukker Bogaard, Pella; Chad Gilmer, Cedar Rapids Xavier; Sam Koenig, Dubuque Wahlert; Carlos Sanchez, Grinnell; Sam Steenhoek, Norwalk; Jonah Waldron, ADM Adel; Hunter Zempel, Hudson; Spencer Hoyt, Norwalk.
Connor Blair, Dallas Center-Grimes; Caleb Crouthamel, Webster City; Nathan Fricke, Dallas Center-Grimes; Derek Fushiken, ADM Adel; Ryan Hall, Clear Creek-Amana; Adam Jones, Norwalk; Austin Koons, Webster City; Devon McClain, Harlan; Keegan Mumma, ADM Adel; Kyle Stines, Dubuque Wahlert; Brady Williams, Dubuque Wahlert; Tim Argo, Pella.
Dalvi Acevedo, West Liberty; AJ Adam, Iowa City Regina; John Admiraal, Pella Christian; Michael Becker, Davenport Assumption; Ty Borton, Nevada; Josh Cochran, Council Bluffs St. Albert; Chad Conger, North Polk; Eric Dunkel, Dyersville Beckman; Austin Errthum, Mid-Prairie; Angello Parmaw, Waterloo Columbus; Aaron Schmitz, Iowa City Regina; Alex Bainter, Nevada.
Eric Assman, Council Bluffs St. Albert; Nick Dolezal, Iowa City Regina; Craig Fourez, North Polk; Ryan Lynch, Iowa City Regina; Chance Miller, Iowa Mennonite; Owen Shawgo, Nevada; Tyler Solinger, Albia; Will Vande Voort, Pella Christian; Turner Wentzien, Solon; Dustin Yoder, Mid-Prairie; Turben Zoeller, West Liberty; Jordan Crall, Albia.
WCHS finished the season 18-3-1 - a school record for wins - after bowing out against ADM Adel in the state quarterfinals. The Lynx put together a 14-match winning streak en route to the big stage, and finished the season ranked No. 12 - the highest ranking in the program's existence.
Crouthamel - who will play college soccer at Upper Iowa - was the unquestioned offensive catalyst, and he exited the prep stage as the most prolific scorer in Lynx history with 55 goals. He piled up a single-season school-record 26 goals this past season.
And it really wasn't a question of if Crouthamel would earn all-state status, but just how high up on the chart would he be placed?
"I know that Caleb wanted to make that first team, and if we would have won one, maybe two games at state he would have made the first team," Signorin said. "But there are just a lot of quality players in those 10 (first team) spots, so he should be really proud of being second-team all-state."
Crouthamel was at his best in the run up to state. He notched four hat tricks over the final 10 matches, one coming in a 6-1 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden in the substate final round.
He collected a career-high four goals in a 9-0 rout of Clear Lake in mid-May.
Koons, a multiple-year starter in goal, was the last line of defense for a WCHS unit that was as stingy as they came during stretches of the season. The Lynx allowed just 16 goals all season, and Koons surrendered just 13 to go along with 70 saves and an .875 save percentage.
Koons was a key cog in 10 shutouts during the campaign.
"I'm happy for Austin. It's a bit of a surprise, but he definitely deserves it," Signorin said. "He came up big for us numerous times, especially in that game against (second-ranked) Hudson (a 3-1 Lynx win in the substate semifinal round)."
The coach also says his entire defense should relish in Koons' honor.
"Finally, some part of our defense is being recognized," Signorin said. "That's good for those guys."