CHS soccer squad places third at state

Thursday, November 17, 2005

What a run!

The Cassville Wildcats finished an amazing soccer season at the Class 2 Missouri State High School soccer championships in Fenton last weekend.

The squad advanced to the state tournament finals following a district tournament champion-ship win (1-0) over Carthage and a state quarterfinal victory (1-0) over fifth-ranked Lee's Summit West at Nixa last Tuesday.

In the Lee's Summit game, senior Brett Buchanan scored the Wildcats' lone goal on a header. Freshman Aaron Jamieson was credited with the assist. Senior Kyle Bishop was credited with the shut-out.

The win sent Cassville to a Final four appearance at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Complex against the top-ranked Priory Rebels last Friday night.

Despite a brilliant defensive performance from Nate Evans, Jason Bromley and Spencer Lynch, the Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker on an accidental own goal and lost 1-0 to Priory. The Rebels, who went on to claim the state title, had 25 shots on goal and certainly looked like a number one ranked team, but the Wildcats held St. Louis University recruit Jimmy Holmes to nothing on the night. Holmes came into the match with 42 goals on the season.
The Wildcats then rolled out of bed early Saturday and earned a 0-0 tie with Moberly to culminate an incredible year of soccer. The tie gave Cassville a share of the third place spot in the state, and Terry Jamieson seemed happy with the outcome.

"We belonged there, and I am content that our program is on the level of the elite with a showing like we had over the last two weeks," Jamieson said.

Cassville will return five starters next season, and Jamieson is wasting no time preparing for another run.

"We will start soccer school and indoor in a week and evaluate our youth talent in order to keep this going," said Jamieson, who is assisted by Coach Brian Wilbanks.

The Wildcats ended the year with a 23-5-1 record.

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