Trailing Webb City 1-0 at half-time, the Cassville Wildcat soccer squad seemed to lack motivation. Team members needed some type of spark to change the momentum of the game in their favor if they had any hopes of beating the visiting Cardinals.
The motivation the soccer 'Cats needed came in the form of dozens of CHS football players who arrived at the Wildcat soccer field just as the second half began.
Their presence on the sideline gave the soccer team new life. During the next 40 minutes, the Wildcats went on to score three unanswered goals and secure a 3-1 victory over Webb City, a team Cassville could meet again in district play.
Junior Ryan Schlichtman scored first for the Wildcats to even the score and bring the huge home crowd to their feet. He headed the ball into the net on an Aaron Jamieson corner kick.
Nate Evans, playing tenacious defense all game, came up with the second goal, which was unassisted. The third and final goal of the game was scored by senior Hector Valenzuela. He tapped the ball into the net after Schlichtman provided the cross.
Anthony Larson handled goalkeeping duties for most of the first half of play and didn't let a ball past him. Corey Wilbanks finished out the game between the pipes for the Wildcats.
Last Tuesday, Cassville earned a 3-2 win over Carl Junction, handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
The Wildcats scored first on an unassisted goal by Jamieson in the 11th minute. Schlichtman provided the second goal in the 28th minute and the half ended with Cassville up 2-0. Schlichtman scored his second goal of the night in the 48th minute to give the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage. Carl Junction then found momentum and got a goal from Jaye Chirwa in the 63rd minute. He scored a second goal in the 70th minute.
Cassville needed a great defensive effort from the back line of Jeremiah Harris, Chris Born and Evans to hold the lead and eventual margin of 3-2. Senior Brandon Banks had five saves in goal for the Wildcats.
Jamieson now has 16 assists on the season, besting his total of last year and setting a new single season record for assists.
The Wildcats' record stands at 9-4 for the season. Cassville hosts rival Monett on Thursday at Wildcat field.