HUMBOLDT - Webster City jumped back into the win column and learned a valuable lesson during a boys' soccer match here yesterday evening.
It could be the best of both worlds when the big picture is taken into consideration.
WCHS (3-2) controlled the initial 65 minutes and built what looked to be an insurmountable 3-0 lead before Humboldt (2-2) responded with a pair of goals over the final five minutes to nudge oh-so close. The Lynx were able to hang on for a 3-2 win and afterwards head coach Craig Signorin seized the teaching moment.
"The guys were happy with the win and I just told them that I believe the better team won and we played hard, but anything can happen at the end if we stay back and play lazy," Signorin said. "That 3-0 or even 3-1 looks a lot better than 3-2 and giving up goals like that in the last five (minutes)."
WCHS doubled up the Wildcats in shots, 22-11, and owned an 11-5 advantage on goal. Lynx freshman goalkeeper Ashton High collected four saves.
Demar Lemus put WCHS ahead to stay on an unassisted goal in the 20th minute. The Lynx rifled off 15 of their shots with a breeze at their backs over the initial 40 minutes.
"We were really aggressive on offense," Signorin said. "We had a little bit of wind in the first half and we just kept testing the goalkeeper."
Jose Cruz found the back of the net off a throw-in by Seth Crouthamel in the 45th minute to extend the Lynx lead to 2-0. Crouthamel then moved into striking position and scored off the rebound of a free kick by Landon Daniels in the 72nd minute.
WCHS will return home on Monday at face Hampton-Dumont at Lynx Field. The ball will be put into play at 5:30 p.m.