Lynx own second half, double up Lions on pitch
WEBSTER CITY — Trailing by a goal and feeling the sting of the injury bug at the half yesterday evening at Lynx Field, the Webster City boys’ soccer team responded to the adversity over the final 40 minutes to pull out its second consecutive victory.
Four goals in a span of 28 minutes after the intermission carried the Lynx to a 4-2 victory over longtime pitch rival Clear Lake. The Lions stopped the bleeding with 10 minutes remaining to cut the WCHS lead to two goals, but Lynx goalkeeper Gage Rossing shut the door late.
“We had some guys step up and play hard for us,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. ‘Our back line was solid … I felt we possessed most of the game. It got a little ugly the last 10 minutes, but we did enough to hold them and Gage was huge late with some big saves.”
Both teams got off 13 shots, but WCHS (5-3) put more on frame, 11-7. Rossing finished with five saves.
Clear Lake (3-2) scored in the opening minutes and then maintained the lead into the break. WCHS drew even just one minute into the second half though after Martin Kasonga beat a defender to the net. The senior forward added a second goal in the 69th minute to give the Lynx plenty of breathing room.
Matt Perin and Everado Hernandez found the back of the net in the 55th and 63rd minutes, respectively, in the win.
Kasonga also had an assist, as did Jon Magdeleno.
WCHS will be back on its home turf this evening and will play under the lights when it hosts Humboldt at 7:30 p.m. It will follow the Lynx girls’ soccer match against Hampton-Dumont/CAL, which will get underway at 5:30 p.m.
Webster City 4, Clear Lake 2
Thursday at Webster City
Clear Lake 1 1 — 2
WCHS 0 4 — 4
Goals — WCHS: Martin Kasonga (unassisted, 41′), Matt Perin (Kasonga assist, 55′), Everado Hernandez (unassisted, 63′), Jon Magdeleno (Kasonga assist, 69′). Shots — CL 13, WCHS 13. Shots on goal — CL 7, WCHS 11. Saves — CL 7, WCHS 5 (Gage Rossing). Corner kicks — CL 1, WCHS 2.