Stout Lynx defense produces fifth shutout of season in win over GHV

Webster City’s Matt Perin (4) prepares to head the ball over GHV’s Will Eastman (13) during the Lynx 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WEBSTER CITY — Tinkering with his defense at halftime is what Craig Signorin is used to doing, but as Webster City’s head coach stood in front of his players during the break Monday evening he came to a simple conclusion: Nothing needed to change.

The Lynx back line held firm for 80 minutes and recorded its fifth shutout of the season, as WCHS made the most of its home debut with a 1-0 victory over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura at Lynx Field.

“I thought the defense played well and kept their shape,” Signorin said. “We’ve usually got a lot of things to change and talk about during the half and throughout the game, but (Monday night) they held it together well.”

Isaac Bernard’s team-leading eighth goal of the season in the eighth minute put the only crooked number up on the scoreboard. Situated in front of Cardinals’ goalkeeper Landon Dalbeck on a throw-in, Bernard was fouled and was awarded a penalty kick that he blasted into the back of the net.

“Bernard was shielding the goalie and just got ran through by both the defender and goalie,” Signorin said. “It’s tough to (reward) it, but it was an obvious PK which he put away.”

Webster City’s Jackson Moberly (front) stretches out for the ball as he makes contact with GHV’s Jace Pringnitz Monday evening. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WCHS (5-3), which has won two straight, had several other chances to add to the lead, but was unable to connect. Drake Doolittle had a volley smack off the crossbar and Jackson Moberly had a shot cleared off the line in the first half.

The Lynx put up 14 shots, nine of which were on target. GHV (3-4) had just three shots reach WCHS goalkeeper Carsen Johnson, who was in position to corral them all.

WCHS will be back at home on Thursday to host North Polk (4-2) at 5:30 p.m. The Comets beat the Lynx a season ago, 7-0, a score that Signorin remembers well.

North Polk has outscored its last four foes 7-0.

Webster City 1, GHV 0

DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

Monday at Webster City

GHV 0 0 — 0

Webster City 1 0 — 1

Goals — WC: Isaac Bernard penalty kick 8th minute. Shots — GHV 7, WC 14. Shots on goal — GHV 3, WC 9. Saves — GHV 8 (Landon Dalbeck), WC 3 (Carsen Johnson). Corner kicks — GHV 1, WC 4.