Soccer 'Cats knock off #10 Webb City

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Cassville Wildcats finished up this week with victories over two district opponents, including #10 ranked Webb City. Cassville also beat Carl Junction.

"We had huge wins over two strong district opponents." said Head Coach Brian Wilbanks.

Cassville took down Webb City, scoring two goals in the first half and then holding on after a Cardinal goal in the second.

Uziel Franco scored Cassville's first goal at the 12 minute mark. Franco had definitely drawn the Cardinals' attention as four defenders collapsed to defend the junior but to no avail as Cassville went up 1-0.

Cassville's second goal came in the 20th minute. Franco was able to get separation from the Webb City defenders and shot into the left side of the goal to give Cassville a 2-0 lead.

Cassville couldn't quite pitch the shutout as Webb City finally scored in the 69th minute. T.J. Martin was able to break away from Cassville's defense leaving Anthony Larson in a one-on-one situation. Martin slid the ball past Larson on the right side, and Michael Handley was credited with an assist.

That was the only goal the Wildcats allowed and Cassville earned its biggest victory of the season.

The Wildcats also played Carl Junction this week. Cassville fell behind in the first part of the second half before rallying to win.

Franco scored Cassville's first goal, but Carl Junction's J.T. Chirwa answered with a goal of his own. The teams went into the break tied at 1-1.

It would be the Bulldogs who gained the upper hand in the second half, scoring quickly on a goal by Patrick Chism, but Franco and the Wildcats forged back to scoring two more goals, both by Franco, to win the contest 3-2.

Ryan Schlichtman, Cassville's other starting forward, did not play in either contest due to a deep thigh bruise. He collided with the Bulldog goalie two minutes into last Tuesday's game and was unable to return.

"Uziel carried us with the injury to Ryan," said Coach Wilbanks. "Aaron Jamieson also helped us out a great deal defensively in each game."

Franco scored all five of Cassville's goals in the two-game period. Larson tallied 12 saves in the contests.

The Wildcats who are now 9-0 garnered a second place ranking in the latest region poll released for southwest Missouri. West Plains is ranked first, Webb City third and Bolivar fourth.

Cassville will be back on the field Thursday when they travel to Monett. The Soccer 'Cats will also play next Monday, Oct. 1 at Springfield Catholic and next Tuesday at Aurora. All games will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.

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