Soccer 'Cats win eighth straight

Thursday, October 5, 2006
The Cassville Wildcats have now won seven straight soccer games, and with an 11-4 record, the team is focused on another district run in October.
The Wildcats defeated College Heights last week on a pair of Aaron Jamieson goals that lifted the team to a win in what might have been a close call.

Ryan Schlichtman struck first in that game with a dazzling outside shot from the left corner of the field. Jamieson added his pair of scores to push Cassville by with a 3-2 win.

Recalling the first game of the season when Cassville turned in a lackluster effort against Monett, the Wildcats came out strong against the visiting Cubs last Thursday. The team was determined to win big over their rivals.

The Wildcats thundered past the Cubs by a score of 4-0. Uziel Franco scored first and then added a second goal, giving Cassville a 2-0 lead at half-time. Schlichtman scored twice in the second half, and the defense kept Monett scoreless, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 victory.

Anthony Larson handled goalkeeping duties and was credited with the shutout. The junior had several outstanding saves in the contest. Hector Valenzuela and Jamieson both recorded assists in the win over Monett.

"We are starting to understand what it takes to play together, and if we do that, then we become pretty strong," said Coach Terry Jamieson. "Ryan is a scoring threat every game, and Aaron is dishing the ball with great field awareness, and other players, like Jeremiah Harris, Humberto Orozco, Franco, Chris Born and Justin Nosler, are starting to step up.

"Of course we need Nate Evans on every possession, because I still hold that he is the best defender around," added Jamieson.

The Wildcats will travel to Carthage on Thursday night and then to Springfield on Saturday for a game against Greenwood. Cassville will play at Marshfield on Monday and host Neosho next Tuesday.

Although the Wildcats have not yet broken into the top 10 ranking in Class 2 for the state, Cassville did receive eight state votes from members of the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association. Cassville is now ranked second in the southwest Missouri region behind Nixa, according to the latest Southwest Missouri Soccer Coaches poll.

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