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No. 2-ranked Sailors exploit Lynx in runaway rout

Webster City’s Adela Arriaga (16) cuts off the run of Waterloo Columbus’s Anna Kneeland on Tuesday at Lynx Field. DFJ photo/Tracy Queen

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City girls’ soccer team was happy to see Waterloo Columbus load onto the bus and head home Tuesday night. And if the Lynx never see Sailors’ sophomore Nikayla Youngblut again, that would be just fine too.

Youngblut poured in five goals in just 54 minutes of play, which is just one fewer than WCHS has scored all season, and second-ranked (Class 1A) Waterloo Columbus manhandled the Lynx, 10-0. The match ended via the mercy rule with a little more than 11 minutes left on the clock.

“They were very good and we just couldn’t keep up,” WCHS interim head coach Chad Vogelbacher said. “We definitely saw a few things that we can work on. We lost track of marking and Columbus exploited that. They took off on us and they could pass well.”

Youngblut, one of the top 15 scorers in the state this season, had one first-half goal and then ripped off four straight goals in a span of 11 minutes of the second half. Her fourth and fifth scores came within seconds of one another.

Columbus (7-0), which has outscored its opponents 33-4 this season, led 4-0 at the half.

Webster City’s Katie Piaszynski (5) pushes the ball past Natalie Steele (18) of Waterloo Columbus on Tuesday at Lynx Field. The No. 2-ranked (Class 1A) Sailors beat WCHS, 10-0. DFJ photo/Tracy Queen

Kayla Koch and Adrianna Gallen both had two goals for the Sailors. Isabella Schoo ended the match in the 69th minute.

WCHS (1-4) was forced to backpedal throughout and never seriously threatened the goal. The Lynx finished with just three shots on goal, but Vogelbacher said there were glimpses of progress at the offensive end.

“I know there weren’t a lot of shots on goal, but we actually generated a few good offensive runs,” he said. “We were getting some through balls up to Leah (Kasch) and Shelby (Queen), and we started creating some stuff against a very difficult team.”

Katie Piaszynski and Rori Snethen continued to share time in goal for the Lynx. Piaszynski collected eight saves and Snethen finished with seven, as Columbus battered the goal with 25 shots on frame.

Wat. Columbus 10, WCHS 0

Tuesday at Webster City

Columbus 4 6 — 10

WCHS 0 0 — 0

Goals — Columbus: Kayla Koch (3′), Nikayla Youngblut (17′), Koch (25′), Adrianna Gallen (27′), Youngblut (43′), Youngblut (46′), Youngblut (54′), Youngblut (54′), Gallen (63′), Isabella Schoo (69′). Shots on goal — Columbus 25, WCHS 3. Saves — Columbus 3, WCHS 15 (Katie Piaszynski 8, Rori Snethen 7).

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