Lynx finish as co-NCC champs on the pitch

The third-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City boys had their unbeaten soccer season come to an end last Thursday, falling to No. 9 Humboldt, 2-1.

With the result, the Lynx and Wildcats finish tied for the regular season North Central Conference title for a second consecutive year. Webster City won the previous meeting, 2-1.

Humboldt, who claimed the NCC outright in 2022, jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to an own goal in the first half. The Lynx would cut the deficit in half when Eduardo Perez scored on a free kick in the 56th minute.

“To start the game we gave up a free kick early, and we just watched our marks go right by us,” WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said. “We should have been down 1-0 2 minutes in. That woke us up a bit, but Humboldt was still the aggressor.

“They simply wanted it more, and I’m not saying my boys didn’t. We just had too much individual play, and that is simply not going to work against a quality team like Humboldt.”

In the 64th minute of play, the Wildcats knocked through the game-winner on a corner kick.

Perez finished with three on goal, as Eddy Fuentes and Israel Torres each had two shots on goal.

Edwin Nolasco Ramos recorded three saves in net.

Last Friday, the Lynx (13-1 overall) finished off the regular season with a convincing 6-0 win over Fort Dodge.

Eddy Fuentes had a hat trick for the Lynx.

Eric Torres, Eduardo Perez and Conner Peck each had goals.

Aiden Rahe and Perez had two goals each.

Webster City opens postseason play on Monday, May 20 vs. either South Tama or Hampton-Dumont/CAL.


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