After winning a district championship and placing third at state, Cassville Wildcat soccer players are sure to pick up some post-season honors.
Today, selections for the Class 2, District 5 team were announced, and eight Wildcats made the All-District team. In addition, senior Nick Schlichtman was named District Player of the Year, and Cassville Coach Terry Jamieson was District Coach of the Year.
Schlichtman is the area's leading goal scorer with 37 goals for the year. He also is credited with nine assists. The senior holds the school's single season, single game and career scoring records with a total of 70 goals tallied during his four-year varsity career.
Jamieson is in his sixth year at the helm of the Wildcat soccer program. During his career at Cassville, he has amassed a 92-44-3 record. Last year, his squad finished as district runners-up. This year's district championship title is a first for the program.
Wildcats named to the All-District first team are: senior goal keeper Kyle Bishop; senior forward Brett Buchanan; junior defender Nate Evans; and Nick Schlichtman.
Bishop had an incredible year with 17 shut-outs. Buchanan was a huge presence on offense with 22 goals and nine assists. Evans, as the team's sweeper, is a member of the three-person back line that has challenged offenses all year.
Second team All-District selections for Cassville include: senior defender Spencer Lynch; senior defender Jason Bromley; sophomore midfielder Ryan Schlichtman; and freshman forward Aaron Jamieson.
Lynch and Bromley join Evans in the back and have been a defensive force to reckon with all year. Ryan Schlichtman, in the position of roamer, played all over the field and tallied 14 goals and 12 assists during the 2005 season. Aaron Jamieson has begun his varsity career by scoring 13 goals and contributing 13 assists. Coach Jamieson was thrilled with the All-District selections but disappointed that not all of the team's starters were recognized.
"I suppose when all is said and done, I am somewhat dejected that Hector (Valenzuela), Amit (Patel), and Jeremiah (Harris) were not awarded some sort of honor for their efforts, but our team knows what they did and so do I," said Jamieson.