CLEAR LAKE - Down two starters before the ball was ever put in play, followed by the loss of arguably its best defender in the second half proved to be the demise of the Webster City girls' soccer team here last night.
With the strong wind at its back in the first half, Clear Lake knocked in a pair of goals to build an insurmountable lead, and the Lions added another goal over the final 40 minutes to roll by the Lynx, 3-0, on an ice cold evening on the pitch.
Lynx starters Brenda Castaneda and Taliya Carr were absent while attending other school functions, and sweeper Rachel Kauffman went down with a foot injury in the second half.
"We were short-handed, but our kids played hard against a good Clear Lake team," WCHS head coach Greg Bock said after his squad slipped to 1-4 on the season. "They pretty much dominated the game."
Clear Lake (3-1) laced 32 shots on goal to just three for the Lynx.
WCHS freshman goalkeeper Maia Jaycox was busy throughout the 80-minute clash; she compiled 29 saves.
It won't get any easier for the Lynx on Friday when it travels to Gilbert to take on the 12th-ranked (Class 1A) Tigers at 5:30 p.m. That match was originally scheduled for Thursday, but has since been pushed back one day.