Soccer 'Cats earn district's top seed

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Wildcat soccer team played only one game last week and picked up a 3-0 win over New Covenant at home last Thursday. The victory lifted Cassville's record to 17-1.

Senior Ryan Schlichtman had Cassville's first goal of the night on an assist by Luis Ortega. His goal was the only score of the first half and proved to be the game winner.

Aaron Jamieson added another goal midway through the second half on a beautiful free kick from 45 yards out. Uziel Franco also hit the back of the net on a perfect cross by Schlichtman to finish out the game.

Anthony Larson, who recorded his sixth?shut-out of the season, had five saves in the win.

Coach Wilbanks said he believes the second half of the New Covenant game just might have been the Wildcats' "best ball control half" of the year.

"We need to be able to put two of those halves together to be successful in districts," added Coach Wilbanks.

Due to their performance this season, the Wildcats have earned the top seed in the Class 2, District 5 tournament, which will be played in Bolivar starting Saturday, Oct. 27. Cassville is scheduled to play the winner of the Marshfield-Willard match-up at 11 a.m.

If the Wildcats win that game, they play the winner of the Carthage-Webb City game at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. The district championship will be played on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.

Other teams in Cassville's district include Bolivar, Carl Junction, West Plains, Webb City, Carthage, Marshfield, Willard and Monett. Bolivar is the district's second seed, and West Plains, which finished third in the state last fall, received the third seed.

"Our team is really proud and humbled to be voted by the other coaches in the district as the first seed," said Coach Wilbanks. "This is the first time in Cassville history, and everyone is very proud of this accomplishment."

Cassville will close out the regular season of play on Thursday night when the Wildcats host Class 3 Ozark for "Senior Night" at 4 p.m.

Seniors Colt Beck, Matthew Hagan, Dale Henbest, Anthony Larson, Alfonso Mirando, Ryan Schlichtman and Brittney Wilbanks and their parents will be honored before the players take the field for the last home game of their high school careers.

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