Doolittle’s two goals power Lynx past Lions

CLEAR LAKE — It was a quick turnaround, but one the Webster City boys’ soccer team needed to make.

Turn the page and move on, if you will.

Just 48 hours after a road loss at Iowa Falls-Alden, the Lynx were back on an opponent’s soil yesterday evening, only this time they got the better of the match-up.

A quick start that resulted in three first-half goals put any nervous energy to rest and WCHS rolled past Clear Lake, 3-0, to move back over .500 on the season.

“It was a good result,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. “I thought Clear Lake had a solid back line and a couple of quality players in the middle. Our defensive shape was pretty sloppy at times and then looked really solid the last 40 (minutes). (Goalkeeper) Carsen (Johnson) wasn’t tested too much, but looked good.”

WCHS (4-3) hammered out 10 shots on goal, while the Lions (2-3) put eight on frame. Johnson was there to reel in eight saves.

Drake Doolittle put together the first multiple-goal performance of his career and Isaac Bernard continued to be a force in the middle of the Lynx offense with his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

“I thought Isaac looked great,” Signorin said. “He’s really starting to understand how to play the game and react to what type of soccer needs to be played depending on the formation we’re going up against.

“Drake has a sense for the ball and just listens to where he’s supposed to be.”

Doolittle gave WCHS the only goal it would need less than three minutes into the contest on a scuffle in the box.

Johnson got into the offensive act in the 10th with a long punt down the field to Bernard, who outran three defenders and finished for a 2-0 lead. Doolittle added to the lead in the 38th off a throw-in assist by Will Tasler.

Webster City 3, Clear Lake 0

Thursday at Clear Lake

Webster City 3 0 — 3

Clear Lake 0 0 — 0

Goals — WC: Drake Doolittle (unassisted) 3rd minute, Isaac Bernard (Carsen Johnson assist) 10th minute, Doolittle (Will Tasler assist) 38th minute. Shots — WC 12, CL 11. Shots on goal — WC 10, CL 8. Saves — WC 8 (Carsen Johnson), CL 7. Corner kicks — WC 3, CL 4.