ALLEMAN - Playing on field turf rather than grass for the first time this season, the Webster City boys' soccer team found it a little more difficult to run an efficient offense here last night.
But there was no need to worry. The defense was on the ball.
The Lynx back line surrendered just three shots, none of which were on goal, and the offense finally struck gold in the eighth minute of the first overtime period to knock off North Polk, 1-0, in less than ideal conditions.
"The turf was a little bit faster than our liking and we just didn't get used to it, but we really controlled the game, especially in the middle," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said after his squad collected its fourth consecutive victory to improve to 6-2. "They got one decent look on a free kick, but other than that we pretty much shut them down."
Zach Scott fought for control of the ball down near the goal in the 88th minute. He slid a pass across the box to Seth Crouthamel, who slammed the ball into the back of the net for the golden goal.
WCHS had plenty of chances to run away from North Polk (1-7), courtesy of 21 shots, including 17 on goal. Signorin said his team controlled possession for approximately 80 percent of the match.
"We did a good job of testing their goalie, but we settled for a lot of 20- and 25-yard shots instead of maybe one more combination or getting a one-on-one with the goalie."
WCHS will get the chance to improve on turf this evening when it travels to Gilbert for a 5:30 p.m. start.