Wildcat strikers head to districts

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Cassville Wildcat soccer squad closed out its regular season schedule on the road with a 1-0 win over New Covenant last Thursday and a 2-2 tie against Joplin on Monday.

The CHS strikers' season record now stands at 16-5-2 going into district play.

Against the New Covenant Warriors, the Wildcats faced off against a team they had played two times before. A much improved New Covenant squad limited Cassville to one goal.

Uziel Franco scored his ___ goal of the season on an assist by Ryan Schlichtman. Anthony Larson recorded another shutout in goal.

Cassville then travelled to Joplin to take on the Class 3 Eagles.

Joplin scored first at the three-minute mark when senior John Duncan headed the ball into the net off a Blake Aggus assist. The teams battled throughout the first 40 minutes, and the score remained 1-0 at the half.

The Eagles scored their second goal of the night shortly after the start of the second half on an Aggus goal off a Duncan assist.

Despite trailing 2-0, the Wildcats continued to fight, and in the last 10 minutes of play, scored two goals to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Franco scored Cassville's first goal of the night on an assist from Nate Evans. Schlichtman scored the equalizer with only three minutes remaining in the game. His rocket shot into the back of the net came off an assist by Mathew Angel. The goal marked Schlichtman's 30th of the season.

In overtime, Cassville dominated but neither team was able to score, and the game ended 2-2 after a pair of 10-minute periods.

Evans and Chris Born were phenomenal on defense and were able to contain a powerful Joplin offense. Larson also had several key saves to keep the game in check.

Coach Terry Jamieson also noted the play of Hector Valenzuela, stating the senior had "his best game of the season." Senior Jeremiah Harris also had a strong game at midfield.

District play

The Wildcats have earned the second seed in the District 5 boys soccer tournament, which will be held at Willard High School. West Plains is the tournament's top seed.

Cassville will face off against Willard at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. If the Wildcats win, they will play the winner of the Carl Junction-Bolivar game on Monday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. The district championship game will be played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Jayvee action

The Cassville junior varsity soccer team finished the season with a huge 3-1 victory over Joplin on Monday night. Ross Delossantos scored all three goals for the Wildcats, recording a hat trick.

The team finished the season with an overall record of 11-3-3.

"I am very proud of all the JV players," said Coach Brian Wilbanks. "Many of the younger players showed great improvement and will surely contribute to next year's varsity team."

Members of the 2006 junior varsity squad include: Josh Dyer, Christian Orozco, Ross Delossantos, Colby Reavis, Gabby Vincent, Bryan Schroeder, Caleb Wilbanks, Justin Mills, Alfonso Miranda, Daniel Valenzuela, Zack Coleman, Luis Ortega, Matt Frazier, Kurt Baker, Corey Wilbanks, Miguel Ramirez, Kyle Mills, Anthony Larson, Dale Henbest, Jesus Miranda and Erick Villalpando.

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