The Cassville Wildcat soccer team took care of business last Thursday evening, beating rival Monett 5-1.
Things were not as easy as they might seemed for the Wildcats. Despite controlling the ball for the majority of the game, Cassville only led 2-0 at halftime. Then Monett cut that lead in half with a goal scored by Mario Salas on a free kick. The shot was Monett's first on goal.
With the victory now in jeopardy, Cassville took control as Ryan Schlichtman passed the ball across the goal to set up a header for Bryan Schroeder, who hit the back of the net for his first varsity goal. Cassville added two more goals in the half and Monett never threatened again.
Cassville's first score of the night came from Uziel Franco. Franco took a good pass from Schlichtman but got trapped in a swarm of defenders. Somehow Franco kept the ball at his feet and sent it out of a group of Cubs and into the goal.
The Wildcats scored again in the first half when Franco took a pass from Schlichtman, bumping it off his chest and then shooting it into the goal's left side.
The Wildcats other two scores were from Schlichtman. The first after a nice throw-in from Aaron Jamieson and the second off of a penalty kick.
Schlichtman, an All-State selection last year, scored two goals for Cassville and had two assists.
Franco, Cassville's other forward, had two goals, and Schroeder, a midfielder, had a goal.
Anthony Larson finished with two saves on the night, and back-up goalie Jeff Munday had one save in the contest.
Cassville finished with 19 shots on goal, 10 in the first half and nine more in the second.
With the win, the Wildcats move to 1-0 on the young season.
Cassville will begin play this week in the Christian County Soccer Tournament hosted by Nixa and Ozark. The Wildcats will play their first game against Nixa on Thursday, Sept. 6. The contest begins at 6 p.m. at Nixa. The Wildcats will also travel to New Covenant Academy next Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Last Thursday night's victory marked Coach Brian Wilbanks' first as head coach.