Penning’s four goals stymie Lynx on pitch

Cadets score three times in second half, Bernard notches two goals in loss

Webster City’s Carter Neuroth (left) crashes into Iowa Falls-Alden’s Eli Widmann as they chase down the ball on Tuesday. Times-Citizen photo/Justin Ites

The Daily Freeman-Journal

IOWA FALLS — Webster City boys’ soccer coach Craig Signorin felt like the second half was going his team’s way here Tuesday evening, right up until the moment it all went completely wrong.

Locked in a 2-2 tie, Iowa Falls-Alden rattled off a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes to prevail over the Lynx, 4-2.

“We came out and I thought dominated play (in the second half),” Signorin said.

But IF-A (3-2) had Jaden Penning and that was the ultimate difference.

Webster City’s Isaac Bernard (17) battles Iowa Falls-Alden’s Maurtis Kathman (19) for possession on Tuesday in Iowa Falls. Times-Citizen photo/Justin Ites

Penning scored all four of the Cadets’ goals, highlighted by the go-ahead score in the 65th minute that he was able to slide past WCHS goalkeeper Carsen Johnson. And just for good measure, Penning took the ball down the pitch and rifled in his fourth goal in the 78th to put the match on ice.

“Speed kills,” Signorin said. “We pushed numbers and Penning went on a 60-yard run.”

Isaac Bernard scored both of the WCHS goals, one in each half. He was in the right place at the right time and flicked in a rebound in the third minute to stake the Lynx (3-3) to a 1-0 lead, an advantage they maintained until the 37th when Penning evened it heading into the intermission.

“After a long weekend and a terrible practice (on Monday) with little energy, the first half looked exactly how I thought the game would go,” Signorin said.

Bernard squared the match at 2 in the 56th minute on a penalty kick after Carter Neuroth was fouled in the box by the Cadets’ Eli Widmann.

IF-A out shot WCHS 12-8, including 8-4 on frame. Johnson came up with four saves in net.

The WCHS junior varsity team beat the Cadets in penalty kicks on makes by Zhak Johnson, Luis Montes and Jake Lahr, as well as two saves in net by Gage Rossing. The match was tied at 2 at the end of the regulation. Blake Streigal and Connor Symens both scored goals.

Iowa Falls-Alden 4, Webster City 2

Tuesday at Iowa Falls

Webster City 1 1 — 2

IF-Alden 1 3 — 4

Goals — WC: Isaac Bernard 3rd minute, Bernard 56th minute. IF-A: Jaden Penning 37th minute, Penning 48th minute, Penning 65th minute, Penning 78th minute. Shots — WC 8, IF-A 12. Shots on goal — WC 4, IF-A 8. Saves — WC 4 (Carsen Johnson), IF-A 2. Corner kicks — WC 5, IF-A 5.