Soccer 'Cats offense almost unstoppable
Wildcats are now ranked seventh in Missouri Class 2 polls
By George Ulmer
The Cassville Wildcat soccer team has been outstanding this season and moved to 12-0 this past week, which earned them a seventh place state ranking among Class 2 schools.
The Wildcats, who are now averaging five goals to their opponents' one, beat Springfield Catholic 3-1, College Heights 10-0 and Monett 8-3 this week.
Cassville's offense was a bit sluggish in both the Monett and Catholic contests.
"We struggled early against both Catholic and Monett," said Head Coach Brian Wilbanks, "but we were able to turn the corner on both teams and pick up the wins."
Against Catholic, the Wildcats faced a rough opponent and a loosely called game. The Irish went up 1-0 early in the second half on a goal by Cullen Barr.
Cassville answered in the 68th minute when Uziel Franco settled a ball facing away from the goalkeeper and then turned and shot it into the net.
The Wildcats wasted no time in obtaining the lead as four minutes later Ryan Schlichtman headed in a pass from Aaron Jamieson. The Wildcats put the game away with a goal in the 81st minute.
Cassville travelled to Monett on Thursday for their third match-up this season.
The Cubs started very aggressively as Ryan Johnson scored a goal in the third minute of play. Cassville tied it up when Schlichtman hit one in the 11th minute and took the lead on Bryan Schroeder's goal, but Monett tied it 28 minutes into the contest to make it 2-2. With 12 minutes remaining, Cassville took the lead on another goal by Schlichtman and then broke them game open with a goal by Jamieson and two by Jesus Rivera.
Cassville rode it out from there, scoring twice more in the second half and winning 8-3.
Cassville also scorched College Heights this week 10-0. In that game, Franco had four goals, Schlichtman two and Schroeder, Luis Ortega, Rivera and Jamieson each scored one.
Franco led Cassville this week with seven goals. Schlichtman had five with one assist, Rivera had three goals, Jamieson had two goals and one assist and Ortega and Schroeder had two goals as well.
Anthony Larson had five saves this week and picked up another shut-out.
The Wildcats will play again this week. They host Carthage on Thursday and Marshfield on Monday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. The squad will also travel to Neosho on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to play at 4 p.m.
The junior varsity had a tougher week, losing to both Catholic and College Heights before rebounding to beat Monett. Coach Wilbanks was complimentary of both Colby Reavis and Caleb Wilbanks for their performances in the contests.