HUDSON - Down two key contributors and with a short bench, the 15th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City boys' soccer team did what it could to stay competitive on Saturday at the Hudson Invite.
The Lynx walked away with a 1-2 record, although they could have - and probably should have - finished 2-1.
Without forward Zach Scott and defensive back Riley Beightol, WCHS (2-2) dropped its opener to Independence, 2-1 (8-6 in penalty kicks), before rebounding to thump Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, 5-0. The Lynx closed their day with a 3-0 setback against 14th-ranked (3A) Marshalltown.
"Overall (the tournament) gave us a good perspective of what we look like when we play well, what we look like when we possess and finish, and a perspective on what we really need to work on," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said.
A Seth Crouthamel goal off an assist from Landon Daniels in the 10th minute gave WCHS an early lead in the first match, but Independence answered in the 57th minute despite being out-shot the entire match..
Crouthamel, Daniels, Demar Lemus, Esler Mejia, Colin Heinrichs and Jose Cruz all made their penalty kicks, but it wasn't enough.
WCHS responded with five first-half goals when it had the wind at its backs in the shutout of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura. Crouthamel, Lemus, Cruz, Mejia and Daniels all found the back of the net. Lemus and Daniels added two assists each.
Marshalltown scored in the 10th, 15th and 40th minutes to put WCHS away. Lynx freshman goalkeeper Ashton High notched five saves in the loss.
"I'm guessing (Marshalltown) is the best team we'll see all year besides Clear Lake," Signorin said. "I talked to their coach and they have their eyes set on a state championship run. They have the team to do it."
Weather permitting, WCHS will travel to Humboldt today to take on the Wildcats.