A SHARE … FOR NOW
Vogelbacher ties Lynx all-time goals record in Lynx loss
BY TROY BANNING
MAXWELL — The record-tying goal came quickly, even before the sprinkling of fans began to be chilled by the howling northeasterly winds Friday evening.
But after that it was radio silence. The outright record would have to wait.
Sarah Vogelbacher lashed the 44th goal of her career into the net on the low side in the 15th minute against Collins-Maxwell, tying the Webster City all-time record held by Kelsey Brown for more than a decade. But the Spartans implemented the “anybody but Vogelbacher” defense the remainder of the way, marking her with two and sometimes three defenders, and they rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Lynx at Sullivan Field.
A four-year starter, Vogelbacher is the first, second and third option offensively for WCHS. The problem was Collins-Maxwell knew that.
“(C-M) did the same thing last year, but it was fine,” Vogelbacher said. “I wish I got one more, but it’s the first game. It still feels pretty nice (to tie the record).”
Vogelbacher had a pair of late chances to move past Brown. Draped by two defenders, she sent an arcing shot towards the net in the 71st minute, but Spartans’ goalkeeper Elise Robertson was there to snag it out of the air. In the 77th minute, off a free kick from near midfield, Vogelbacher plucked the ball out of the air from in front of the net, but her laser shot was right at Robertson.
“I was hoping I’d get to take one of those game balls home for her,” WCHS head coach Paul Baedke said. “But that’s awesome she tied the record.”
Aided by the wind in the first half, WCHS (0-1) jumped out to the quick lead when Vogelbacher sprinted through the defense and got to a ball that was perfectly placed behind the defense by Brianna Luke. From there it was just a short stab into the corner before Robertson could even make a move.
“Bri Luke passed a through ball all through the defenders and it was perfect,” Vogelbacher said.
Collins-Maxwell (2-0) got the equalizer in the 24th minute by Caitlyn Butz on a towering shot from distance. All WCHS keeper Josselin Guendaley could do was watch it sail over her head on its way to the back of the net.
The Spartans controlled play the remainder of the way.
With the wind in its favor, C-M spent the entire second half sapping any remaining energy the WCHS players possessed. The problems only exacerbated when sweeper Kaitlyn Wagner, one of the few veterans on the club, was forced off the pitch with an undisclosed injury or illness in the 51st minute. She never returned.
“She’s the one that holds it back down there and it affected us,” Baedke said. “Once Kaitlyn went out, you could see they had more speed.”
Seizing on the Lynx inexperienced back line, Tatum Tremain put C-M in front for good in the 57th minute when she snuck behind the defense and rifled a shot into the left corner for a 2-1 lead.
Butz added an insurance goal in the 74th minute. Locked in a battle for the ball on the right flank, she sent a dribbler towards the net that somehow snuck inside the left corner.
Vogelbacher’s two looks at the net late were the last gasps for the Lynx, who were noticeably frustrated by the wind over the final 40 minutes.
“It was so hard, especially because we had the wind with us in the first half and we knew we had to use it every second we could,” Vogelbacher said. “(In the second half) every time you kicked it, it came right back at you. It was pretty rough.”
C-M out-shot the Lynx 15-6, including 8-3 in the second half. The Spartans put nine shots on frame, compared to five for WCHS.
Guendaley finished with six saves in the season-opening loss.
WCHS is scheduled to be back on the road this evening against CAL in Latimer at 5:30 p.m. If the past is any indication, Vogelbacher should surpass Brown at some point in the match. She’s scored 15 goals in five previous matches against the Cadets, bouts WCHS has won by a combined margin of 48-1.
Collins-Maxwell 3, Webster City 1
Friday at Maxwell
Webster City 1 0 — 1
Collins-Maxwell 1 2 — 3
Goals — WC: Sarah Vogelbacher (Brianna Luke assist), 15th minute; C-M: Caitlyn Butz (unassisted), 24th minute; Tatum Tremain (unassisted), 57th minute; Butz (unassisted), 74th minute. Shot — WC 6, C-M 15. Shots on goal — WC 5, C-M 9. Saves — WC 6 (Josselin Guendaley), C-M 4 (Elise Robertson). Corner kicks — WC 2, C-M 3.