Soccer 'Cats are now ranked 10th in the state

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Shadowing the ball Senior Chris Born, #12, gets ready to stop a Carl Junction attack during last Thursday's final home game of the season. The Wildcats were able to shut out the Bulldogs 2-0 thanks to a strong defensive effort by Cassville. Democrat Photo (b)

The Cassville Wildcats picked up two more wins this past week to up their season record to 15-5-1.

Last Tuesday, Cassville hosted Neosho and ended up beating the visiting Wildcats 1-0.

Junior Ryan Schlichtman scored an unassisted goal in the first half, which held up through the second half to give the Wildcats a 1-0 victory. Anthony Larson was credited with the shutout. Seniors Nate Evans and Chris Born were credited for strong defensive play.

This was the second time this season that Cassville has beaten Neosho, a Class 3 team. The Wildcats handed Neosho a 2-1 loss in the Parkview Tournament back in September.

On Thursday, the Wildcats hosted the Carl Junction Bulldogs for Senior Night.

Cassville once again played strong and posted a 2-0 victory on a pair of goals by Schlichtman.

Cassville was awarded a penalty kick in the first half after a hand ball in the box. Schlichtman took the kick and placed it into the left side of the net.

In the second half, Schlichtman struck again after receiving a great ball from senior Jesus Miranda, who recorded his first assist of the season. Schlichtman now has 29 goals on the season, just eight shy of breaking his brother Nick's season scoring record of 37 goals.

Senior Brandon Banks and Larson shared goalkeeping duties and both were given credit for the shutout.

On Thursday night, the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association posted its latest poll, and Cassville cracked the state's list of Top 10 schools in Class 2.

The Wildcats are ranked 10th in the latest poll with Priory receiving the top ranking. Cassville lost to Priory in the state semi-finals last year and that team went on to capture the 2005 state title.

District seedings will be announced Thursday. The Wildcats should be seeded either second or third in the district. West Plains is highly favored for the top seed.

This year's district tournament will be played at Willard High School beginning on Oct. 28.

This coming week, Cassville travels to New Covenant on Thursday and to Joplin on Monday to close out the regular season.

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