BOONE - With No. 10 (Class 1A) Gilbert in the field, it's safe to assume the Webster City girls' soccer team wasn't the pick to win yesterday's Boone Tournament.
But rankings or predictions obviously mean nothing to the Lynx.
Behind a standout defense and clutch penalty kicks, WCHS knocked off Boone and Gilbert to celebrate a tournament title here late last night.
"We're all jacked up ... we're dancing," WCHS head coach Paul Baedke joked afterwards. "It was a total team effort and the girls just got after it. They're starting to come together, they're starting to gel and they're starting to play like a team."
A Jesse Lee goal - her fifth of the season - off a Molly Gilbert assist in the 21st minute propelled WCHS (2-2) to a 1-0 semifinal win over the host Toreadors. Goalkeeper Maia Jaycox did the rest with four saves.
"Our defense really shut them down and it was a physical game," Baedke said.
Lee's sixth goal of the campaign gave WCHS a 1-0 lead early in the championship match against Gilbert. The Tigers answered with 7:35 to go in the first half, and the bout remained knotted at 1 at the end of regulation.
Gilbert, Lee and Taliyah Carr all found the back of the net in the penalty kicks phase, and Jaycox threw her body in front of three shots to give WCHS the 2-1 victory.
Jaycox came up with 11 saves in all in the final.
"Even when Gilbert tied it up it was like, 'OK, lets pick it up. We're not going to fold up and go home,'" Baedke said.
WCHS will try to take this overwhelming boost of momentum into Thursday's road contest against CMB in Maxwell.