Soccer players receive state recognition

Thursday, December 15, 2005
Soccer players receive state and regional honors: Four members of the Cassville Wildcat soccer team were honored this week by the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association. The state-wide organization is in charge of selecting All-State and All-Region players, and this year, Cassville was well represented on both lists. Pictured above, from left, are: senior Brett Buchanan, All-Region; senior Nick Schlichtman, All-State first team and All-Region; senior Kyle Bishop, All-State first team, Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Region; and junior Nate Evans, All-State second team and All-Region. Schlichtman was also selected by the Springfield News-Leader as a member of the 2005 All-Ozarks team. Buchanan and Bishop received second team All-Ozarks honors. Democrat Photo

The Missouri Soccer Coaches Association has released All-State and All-Region honors for 2005. The Cassville Wildcats are well represented after a 23-5-1 campaign and a trip to the coveted Final Four in St. Louis.

Seniors Kyle Bishop and Nick Schlichtman have been named first team All-State, and junior Nate Evans is a second team All-State selection. All three players were named to the All-Region team as well. In addition, Bishop was chosen as State Goalkeeper of the Year, sharing the honor with Moberly goalkeeper Joel Davidson. Senior Brett Buchanan earned All-Region honors.

Schlichtman was also named to the All-Ozarks team by the Springfield News-Leader. He was among 12 players chosen from nominees submitted by all Class 1, 2 and 3 schools in southwest Missouri. Buchanan and Bishop were named to the All-Ozarks second team by the publication.

Schlichtman's senior season capped a sensational high school career. He now holds school records for most goals scored in a career (70), most goals scored in a season (37) and most goals scored in a game (5). He also tallied 32 assists during his four years as a varsity starter. Schlichtman's records are also notable, because he was sidelined by injury for the majority of his junior season.

"In Nick's case, I don't know if I've ever coached anyone who's had such a great passion for soccer," said Jamieson. "Nick made himself a great player, and I'm looking forward to watching him play in college."

Evans, who earned his All-State and All-Region honors as a defender, was part of a Wildcat defense that included second team All-District picks, Spencer Lynch and Jason Bromley. The junior played the vital role of sweeper during the 2005 campaign.

"Nate plays as hard as any player I've ever coached," said Jamieson. "I think it would be foolish for anyone to not realize that our defense got us all the way to state this year."

Bishop, an integral part of that defensive arsenal, ended an impressive senior year with 17 shut-outs and 22 wins. His statistics are among the very best in the state, according to Jamieson.

"Kyle is a tremendous athlete who really needed this type of recognition," said Jamieson. "Kyle has spent most of his career in the shadow of other players, so this is a great thing to happen to a great kid."

Buchanan capped his senior season by scoring 22 goals and tallying eight assists. He is the school's third all-time leading scorer behind Schlichtman and Alan Jones. Buchanan had the stunning game-winning goal to eliminate Lee's Summit West in the state quarter-final game.

"This is an example of nice honors going to a classy kid," said Jamieson. "With Brett and Nick both being hurt last year, this is also a personal answer to prayer to see all their success this season."

The Cassville Wildcats, coached by Terry Jamieson, were listed as third in the final state rankings issued by the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association.

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