MAXWELL - All year long, the Webster City girls' soccer team has been knocking on that door. But for one reason or another, too many times nobody has answered.
The knock fell on deaf ears here on Thursday as well.
The Lynx (2-11) spotted Collins-Maxwell-Baxter a two-goal lead early on and could never catch up in a 2-1 loss.
WCHS, which has lost five straight matches, has dropped five contests by 2-1 counts this season and six bouts overall by one goal.
"It happened to us again," WCHS head coach Greg Bock said. "We came off the bus and for the first 30 minutes were lethargic and just couldn't get anything going."
Kandance Breckenridge and Cassandra Bianchi blasted shots into the back of the net for CMB (3-8) in the opening half.
Brenna Paukert rifled in her team-best sixth goal of the season off an assist from Taliyah Carr with 10:04 left in the first half to trim the Lynx deficit in half.
WCHS controlled the final 40 minutes, but was unable to cash in on several chances.
"When Brenna put that goal in it seemed to give us a charge," Bock said. "I told the girls that the second half of play was one of the best halves of soccer we've played all year, but we just couldn't put that tying goal in."
CMB owned a 17-15 shots on goal advantage.
The Lynx will be at home on Friday to host Fort Dodge at 4:30 p.m.