Still perfect on season
By George Ulmer
The Cassville Wildcats soccer team has still not lost this season, improving to 6-0 this week.
The Wildcats finished the week with play in the Monett Tournament. The Wildcats won the tournament outright with wins against Springfield Catholic 5-1, Monett 3-0 and Willard 6-1.
Cassville also played and beat New Covenant 2-0 and Aurora 5-0 last week.
In the tournament, Cassville took on Springfield Catholic first. The 'Cats led 2-0 at the half with both goals by
Uziel Franco. One goal was assisted by Schlichtman and the other by Humberto Orozco.
Cassville then padded their lead with goals from Ryan Schlichtman and Omar Valenzuela before the Irish got on the board. Orozco then finished Catholic off with Cassville's fifth goal.
Cassville finished the Monett tournament with games against Monett and Willard.
The Cubs, who Cassville had played and beaten in the opening game of the season, proved to be the Wildcats' toughest competition. Schlichtman scored Cassville's only goal of the first half off of an assist by Orozco. Franco helped the 'Cats finish off the Cubs with two assisted goals in the second half. Schlichtman and Orozco provided the assists.
Cassville's final competition of the tourney was against Willard. The Wildcats showed no hesitancy in finishing the sweep. Schlichtman scored two goals in the first and Franco, Orozco, Luis Ortega and Aaron Jamieson added a score in the second as the Wildcats dominated Willard 6-1. Ross Delossantos, Anthony Larson and Schlichtman each provided an assist in the contest.
Cassville also won two regular season games this week as well.
The Wildcats took down New Covenant in a tough battle. Omar Valenzuela found the back of the net quickly in the first half, but Cassville did not score its next goal until the second half on a Schlichtman penalty kick.
Cassville dominated visiting Aurora on Thursday. Bryan Schroeder scored two goals and Schlichtman added another in the first half to give the Wildcats a 3-0 halftime lead. Schlichtman scored another goal in the second half and so did Alfonzo Miranda as Cassville routed the Houn' Dawgs 5-0.
Cassville spread the wealth on offense this week with 11 different players helping in one way or another.
Schlichtman led the team with seven goals and three assists. Franco was also a key for the Wildcats. Franco scored five goals and had one assist on the week.
Jamieson, Delossantos and Matt Frazier provided strong defense from Cassville's back line, and Larson tallied three shutouts in goals this past week. The midfield also did their part by distributing the ball well.
"I am very proud of the way we played in the tournament. Both the offense and defense seem to be coming together," said head coach Brian Wilbanks.
Cassville will prepare for more tough outings this week. "We play some of our toughest competition over the next two weeks," said Wilbanks
Cassville will face Webb City, Springfield Catholic and College Heights this week. The Cardinals come to town on Thursday, with the Irish and Cougars visiting on Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 respectively.
The junior varsity also raked in the wins this week.
Cassville's JV tallied victories over New Covenant 1-0, Aurora 2-0 and Columbus, Kan., varsity squad 3-2. The squad also lost to Carthage 6-0.
Wilbanks pointed to Jesus Rivera and Matt Hagan's play as being influential in those victories.