Lynx girls show no mercy on pitch

WEBSTER CITY – Kelsey Brown. Jesse Lee. And now Molly Gilbert.

What do they all have in common? Well, for starters, they’ve all roamed the front line for the Webster City girls’ soccer team. They’ve all been pretty good at finding the back of the net, too.

Four years after Brown exited as the program’s all-time goals leader with 44, and one year after Lee put together an impressive single-season career that featured 26 goals, Gilbert has picked up the torch and run with it.

After scoring eight goals as a junior alongside Lee in 2014, Gilbert already has nine through five matches this spring. Four of them came in rapid succession during Webster City’s 10-0 spanking of CAL/Hampton-Dumont Monday night at Lynx Field.

The match ended via the mercy rule on a Vanessa Gutierrez goal off an assist from Elena More with eight minutes remaining.

Gilbert peeled off all four of her goals in the first half to help send WCHS (2-3) into the break up 6-0. She has 24 goals in her career.

“Molly is really stepping up in a big way,” WCHS head coach Paul Baedke said. “She’s gotten really good with her shot selection and she’s really improved on hitting the corners or wherever the keeper isn’t.”

Baedke had praise for his entire team after it put together the most lopsided outcome in program history. Sarah Vogelbacher and Sarah Paukert both rifled in two goals and dished out two assists. Kenady Daniels notched her first goal of the campaign to go along with two assists, and Gilbert had an assist as well.

“The girls definitely played very well,” Baedke said. “They passed the ball around nicely and it was great to see the team work out there.”

Vogelbacher set the tone for the rout with her first goal in the third minute. Gilbert followed with three consecutive goals before the match was even 17 minutes old. Vogelbacher made it 5-0 in the 25th minute before Gilbert capped her stellar half in the 33rd minute.

Paukert joined the goals party with back-to-back scores and Daniels followed her lead – all coming in the opening seven minutes of the second half.

The CAL/Hampton-Dumont (0-3) program is in just its second year of existence.