WAVERLY - Craig Signorin's pointed words of disappointment following last Thursday's loss to Boone obviously woke his players up.
The proof is in the pudding.
After seeing its six-match win streak halted by the Toreadors, the 16th-ranked (Class 2A) Lynx began a new surge on Saturday with three victories and the Pool B championship at the Waverly-Shell Rock tournament.
Webster City (11-3) won back-to-back shootout matches against No. 9-ranked (1A) Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-0) and Decorah (2-1), and then blanked Benton Community in the championship match (1-0).
Other teams in Pool B included No. 4 (1A) Center Point-Urbana and No. 5 (1A) Postville.
"I treasure that loss (to Boone) in a way just because it woke us up and brought us back to reality," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. "We didn't even have practice on Friday ... it gave the guys a little bit of time to get away from soccer and just restart, and we had a great day (on Saturday)."
Freshman goalkeeper Ashton High continued to buck the odds and mystify even his coach with his penalty-kick prowess. He denied two PKs in the win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck and three more against Decorah.
His prowess against PKs began last Tuesday when he thwarted two in a shootout win over No. 7 (1A) Clear Lake.
High made 18 saves on the day and allowed just one goal in regulation.
"I don't know if he's just reading it right or if he's just a good guesser," Signorin said while chuckling. "I think a lot of it has to do with he wants to do well for his team and everyone has his back. That just drives him to do his best."
Demar Lemus, Seth Crouthamel, Esler Mejia, Brandon Jessen and Colin Heinrichs all slammed their PKs into the back of the net against Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Zach Scott scored off an assist from Crouthamel in regulation against Decorah. Lemus, Crouthamel and Landon Daniels rifled in shots in the shootout.
Jose Cruz hammered home the only goal of the match against Benton Community. Crouthamel had the assist.
"We were pretty intense (against Benton Community)," Signorin said. "I thought we might struggle a little bit because I didn't use a lot of substitutes, but we didn't."
WCHS finished the tournament with 32 shots, including 24 on frame.
The Lynx will travel north today to face Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.