Lynx beat rain, Bombers

Neuroth, Alvavero net goals before match halted

Webster City’s Isaac Bernard (17) clears the ball away from Ballard’s Ben Von Arb (7) on Friday at Lynx Field. WCHS won the rain-shortened match, 2-0. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WEBSTER CITY — The rain came in and the players scattered for cover, but by that time the Webster City boys’ soccer team had done enough to pick up its second victory of the season at Lynx Field on Friday.

A pair of goals in the initial 18 minutes propelled WCHS to a 2-0 victory over Ballard. The match was halted in the 51st minute, but because play reached the second half the Lynx were awarded the victory.

It brought WCHS (2-2) back to .500 on the season, but it didn’t necessarily appease head coach Craig Signorin, who had hoped to see more fire from his group that was playing for the first time in six days.

“I haven’t been so disappointed in quite a while,” Signorin said. “Our energy was up, but our play in the midfield and up top was very poor.

“Our goal was to score a goal every 10 minutes and that was obviously not met.”

Drake Doolittle (3) congratulates Jorge Alvavero during the 18th minute against Ballard on Friday at Lynx Field in Webster City. A Doolittle pass to Alvavero resulted in a goal and WCHS went on to knock off the Bombers, 2-0, in a match that was shortened by nearly 30 minutes because of rain. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WCHS did dominate Ballard (0-3), which remained winless. The Lynx took 17 shots, 15 of them on frame, compared to three and two for the Bombers. Signorin did like what he saw from his defense and goalkeeper Carsen Johnson was more than up to the task.

“I would have really liked to see if we really deserved that win (in) the final 30 minutes,” he said. “I have no doubt Carsen and the back four were up to the challenge, but it would have been nice to play it out.”

WCHS went up to stay in the seventh minute off one of its five corner kicks. A bouncing ball into a group ricocheted off the chest of Carter Neuroth and into the goal for a 1-0 advantage.

A pass ahead from Drake Doolittle to Jorge Alvavero in the 18th minute led to the insurance goal. Alvavero dribbled past the defense and then rifled off a shot from 30 yards out that found the back of the net.

The Lynx will have another lengthy layoff before they host Clear Lake on Thursday at 5 p.m.

DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

Webster City 2, Ballard 0

Friday at Webster City

Ballard 0 0 — 0

Webster City 2 0 — 2

Goals — WC: Carter Neuroth (unassisted), 7th minute; Jorge Alvavero (Drake Doolittle assist), 18th minute. Shots — BAL 3, WC 17. Shots on goal — BAL 2, WC 15. Saves — BAL 13 (Brady Ehresman), WC 2 (Carsen Johnson). Corner kicks — BAL 1, WC 5.