GARNER - The wind and rain had no effect on the 16th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City boys' soccer team here yesterday evening.
In fact, the Lynx seemed to thrive in the lousy elements.
Seth Crouthamel notched the first hat trick of his varsity career and Webster City ran its current win streak to four with a 6-2 dismantling of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura. The Lynx have won 10 of their last 11 matches and enter Friday's road test against Iowa Falls-Alden at 12-3 overall.
"We played well," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. "It was pretty sloppy, but we did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground and (the players) really executed fairly well."
Two of Crouthamel's three goals came in the first half to help the Lynx essentially put the match away with a 4-0 lead at the break. Demar Lemus and Jose Cruz also scored goals in the first 40 minutes of action.
Landon Daniels and Brandon Jessen both distributed two assists in the first half.
Jessen got into the scoring act off a pass from Cruz early in the second half, and Crouthamel finished off the rout with an unassisted goal late.
WCHS out shot the Cardinals (1-8) 24-3, including 11-3 on goal. Lynx freshman goalkeeper Ashton High had one save.