WEBSTER CITY - Craig Signorin has said repeatedly this season that defense is the cornerstone to success for his Webster City boys' soccer team.
Even he may not have known how right he was.
The Lynx defense gave up just its second regulation goal of the campaign in the 10th minute against Gilbert Friday night at Lynx Field, but it was the defensive players who rallied the troops and scored the match-tying and winning goals in a wild 2-1 victory over the Tigers.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
WCHS senior Brody Foster (center) splits the defense applied by Gilbert’s Robert Valencia-Cook (8) and Grant Pahl on Friday. Foster had a goal in a 2-1 win.
Senior Brody Foster moved up from the back to the middle of the field and knotted the bout at 1 with 6:31 to go, and classmate Kirk Greenley sealed the win with 3:12 left on the clock.
"I don't know if (the players) are trying to kill me or what, but they're keeping it interesting," Signorin said after his fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Lynx improved to 8-1. "We looked pretty soft out there (in the first half), but we made some adjustments at halftime."
Greenley - a stalwart on defense - raced up on a corner kick and headed the ball into the goal off the assist from Christian Lemus.
Foster and Greenley both have three goals this season. Lemus collected his fourth assist.
Gilbert (2-5) had a chance to move in front by two goals on a penalty kick with 18:25 left, but Lynx senior all-state goalkeeper Austin Koons made a diving save to keep his team in the hunt.
Signorin opted to make the personnel changes in the final 10 minutes, and they certainly paid off.
"We had to get aggressive," Signorin said. "Brody got the ball inside and he stayed composed and finished, and Kirk's header into the back post was very well done."
WCHS will take a five-match win streak into Tuesday's road contest at Clear Lake.