Webster City boys repeat as state soccer qualifiers

THE WEBSTER CITY BOYS SOCCER TEAM celebrates its substate final victory over Clear Lake on Wednesday night at Lynx Field. The squad will head back to state for a second consecutive season. (DFJ photo by David Borer)

WEBSTER CITY — For the second consecutive season, the Webster City boys are headed to the state soccer tournament.

The fourth-ranked Lynx knocked off North Central Conference rival Clear Lake here Wednesday in a Class 2A, Substate 2 final by a 4-0 count.

Webster City (15-1 overall) will now face Sioux City Heelan (14-3) on Wednesday at James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines for a quarterfinal match.

Eddy Fuentes got the Lynx on the board early with a goal off an Eduardo Perez helper in the 16th minute. Just before halftime, it was Perez scoring off a pass from Eric Torres.

“I thought the boys played well,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. “Clear Lake came out with a lot of intensity and had a great plan to man mark Eduardo and Eddy, while also using their weapons on top to get forward.

“We continued to move the ball and spread them out. Finally snuck through their back line in the 16th minute.”

Early in the second half, Israel Torres scored off a pass from David Villelas. Eric Torres then added an insurance goal in the 71st minute.

The Lynx continued to fire shots all match long, finishing with 17 attempts — including seven on goal. Perez had a team-high five shots, with Fuentes recording four and Villelas three.

“We continued to play wide where we found Eric, and he played a brilliant ball back to Eduardo. There, he finished it off,” Signorin said. “Israel came back into a game after a breather and David played a beautiful ball, and Israel used his speed and size to get passed their left back.

“The finish was all the way on the other side of the field, but it looked solid to me.”

Freshman keeper Edwin Nolasco Ramos recorded another clean sheet, saving five shots.

“Edwin made a huge save before half on a header in the box,” Signorin said. “Extremely proud of the boys. What a great moment for them, for the freshmen and the players that accomplished the same feat last year.”

The Lynx won all three meetings with Clear Lake this season, scoring 14 goals while allowing just two. They will carry a three-match unbeaten and unscored on streak into state.


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