No. 10 WCHS boys continue to roll, notch sixth straight shutout

WEBSTER CITY – Perhaps a little nonchalant early on, the 10th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City boys’ soccer team eventually found its rhythm Monday evening at Lynx Field.

And it was over as soon as that happened.

CAL/Hampton-Dumont put up a solid fight, but the speed and skill of the Lynx eventually took over, as they rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Cadets.

WCHS (7-0) has recorded six straight shutouts and outscored its opponents 26-1 so far this season. The Lynx owned a 24-9 shots edge, including 9-3 on goal, and all-state keeper Ashton High collected three saves.

“You could tell they wanted to beat us bad. Their effort was outstanding,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said of the Cadets (1-3). “As a team we started off pretty slow. Ashton had to make one really good save off a free kick.”

It only took six minutes for WCHS to jump ahead for good on an Esler Meija free kick from 30 yards out into the top shelf – his fourth goal of the season.

It was 1-0 in the Lynx favor at the half. They scored twice during the initial seven minutes of the second half to put the contest away.

Seth Crouthamel chipped in his team-best sixth goal of the season off a Meija assist to make it 2-0, and just four minutes later Brandon Young took a feed from Crouthamel and rattled the back of the net for a 3-0 cushion.

It remained that way until the 73rd minute when Demar Lemus scored on a nice crossing pass from Meija.

The Lynx defense was again stellar, as it ran its scoreless streak to 444 minutes and 57 seconds of match time.

“We’re getting more comfortable back there when we do have possession of the ball,” Signorin said. “It’s nice to have those guys with confidence back there.”

WCHS will take some time off before returning to its home pitch next Monday for a clash with Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.