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Lackluster effort against Wildcats a step in the wrong direction for Lynx

Humboldt scores winning goal in extra time, WCHS?slips to 3-3 on season

Humboldt’s Max Mason (2) and Webster City’s Matt Perin (back) battle for the ball on Monday in Humboldt. The Wildcats won the match, 2-1. Photo/Rick Thompson

HUMBOLDT — Playing on the road against Humboldt seems to be a yearly problem for the Webster City boys’ soccer team and the trend continued on a wind-whipped evening Monday.

Lacking energy and their usual aggressive tendencies, the Lynx failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in a 2-1 loss in extra time to the Wildcats. It was a frustrating performance for WCHS (3-3), which was coming off a solid weekend at the Hudson tournament just a little more than 48 hours earlier.

“We always play poorly there,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. “It was ugly, we didn’t do very much of anything well. We had very little energy and couldn’t match Humboldt’s physical play. It was definitely a step in the wrong direction.”

The Lynx only score came on an own goal in the 69th minute that knotted the match at 1.

In extra time, Humboldt caught the WCHS defense flat-footed and was able to get a bouncing ball over the back line for the winning goal.

Webster City’s Levi Mussman (10) boots the ball away from a pair of Humboldt players Monday evening in Humboldt. Photo/Rick Thompson

The Wildcats (2-1) owned an 8-2 advantage in shots on frame. WCHS took three more shots overall, 15-12, and had nine chances on corner kicks to just three for Humboldt.

The Lynx will attempt to rebound on Friday with another road trip to take on Iowa Falls-Alden.

Humboldt 2, WCHS 1

Monday at Humboldt

WCHS 0 1 0 — 1

Humboldt 1 0 1 — 2

Shots — WCHS 15, HUM 12. Shots on goal — WCHS 2, HUM 8. Saves — WCHS 6 (Gage Rossing), HUM 1. Corner kicks — WCHS 9, HUM 3.

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