Soccer 'Cats win soccer tournament in Joplin
Nick Schlichtman sets new school career scoring record
For the second year in a row, the Cassville Wildcats claimed the Thomas Jefferson Cavalier Classic soccer tournament championship. On Friday and Saturday, the Wildcats dispatched their opponents in commanding fashion to bring home another first place trophy.
The soccer 'Cats defeated McAuley 9-1 and then knocked off College Heights 5-0. Cassville finished the tournament by shutting out Webb City 2-0. Cassville is now 6-0 on the season with their three tournament victories and a regular season 11-1 win over Columbus, Kan., last Thursday.
Seniors Nick Schlichtman and Brett Buchanan led the way for Cassville with powerful offense.
Schlichtman now holds the all-time scoring record at Cassville with 52 career goals. Schlichtman scored five goals against Columbus, which is also the school record for goals scored in a game, and then followed that with another four against Joplin McAuley, four against College Heights and two against Webb City. He tallied two assists this week as well.
Buchanan was also a force at the net, scoring three goals in the Columbus match and then notching another three against McAuley and one in the College Heights match. The senior striker also added three assists in the four games.
Sophomore Ryan Schlicht-man and freshman Aaron Jamieson also added to the offensive output. Ryan Schlichtman drove in a goal during the tournament and his season total is now four. Jamieson has five goals on the season as well as six assists.
Hector Valenzuela, a junior, has tallied one goal and one assist so far this season, and senior Amit Patel was credited with an assist from his position at midfield.
"Our defense is still the name of the game with us," said Terry Jamieson. "Our back line is not giving an inch, and we are tough because of Nate Evans, Spencer Lynch and Jason Bromley."
Another noteworthy statistic is senior Kyle Bishop who now has 25 career wins as the Wildcat goalkeeper. The big stopper has developed into a tremendous punter and his long reach has allowed only one goal in the last six matches of his career.
The Wildcats will host Aurora on Thursday and then compete in the Parkview Soccer Tournament in Springfield this weekend.
Cassville is scheduled to play Lebanon at 6:45 p.m. at JFK Stadium. If the Wildcats win that game, they play the winner of the Fulton-Neosho match up at 10 a.m. on Saturday.