Soccer All-Stars to compete in SF
Two seniors from Cassville's soccer squad that finished fourth in the state this fall were chosen to play in the fourth annual Southwest All-Stars game.
The all-star soccer game, which will be held this Thursday in Springfield, features over 30 of southwest Missouri's top players, according to event organizer Steve "Ole" Olson.
"First played in December 2004, the game is dedicated to recognizing high school seniors who have exhibited skill and leadership on the pitch," said Olson. "The players in that initial game, and subsequent, consider it a significant event in their high school playing career. We hope this year's players enjoy the same experience."
Both Schlichtman and Larson have signed to play college soccer. Schlichtman will play for Colorado Christian University, a Division II program, while Larson will stay closer to home, choosing to play for Crowder College in the fall.
Schlichtman will play forward in the contest and was known at Cassville for his all-around game and leadership. The Colorado-bound senior finished his career with 77 goals, good enough for the Cassville school record. This season Schlichtman tallied 29 goals as well as a team-leading 10 assists.
Schlichtman was a second team All-State player as well as first team All-Region and All-District. Schlichtman's older brother, Nick, played in the 2006 All-Star game before moving on to play for Truman State University where he just completed his sophomore season.
Larson will play on the backside of the field at goal keeper. The instinctive goalie was a huge part of Cassville's 22-win season, recording six shut-out wins and compiling 106 saves. Larson was named the Regional Goalkeeper of the Year and first team All-District.
Larson and Schlichtman will both play for the "Gold" team along with other area All-Stars.
The Cassville duo will be joined by many familiar faces. In all, Cassville's district had nine players selected to represent at the game. Three were unable to attend, but those that will be playing on Thursday night are Nelson Guzman, of Carthage, Ryan Toombs and Tanner Roberts, of Bolivar, and TJ Martin, of Webb City.
The event will actually include two games. A girls game will be held at 6 p.m. with the boys contest following at 8 p.m. Games will be held at the Cooper Soccer Complex in Springfield. For more detailed information, visit www.sgfsoccer.com.
The 2008 boys' and girls' All-Star rosters feature over 30 players who have signed to continue their soccer careers to college. The players chosen for the game are recognized as the top graduating high school seniors in the region as chosen by Olson, of SGFsoccer.com, and Jeremy Alumbaugh, of Springfield Soccer Club, who are jointly sponsoring the event.
On the boys side, there were 80 nominations received from coaches at 29 schools in the southwest Missouri region. Of those nominations, there were five players picked from Class 1, 12 players from Class 2 and 23 from Class 3.
The Gold Team that Larson and Schlichtman will be playing on includes players from Kickapoo, Springfield Parkview, Ozark, Rolla, Bolivar, Springfield Catholic and Lebanon. The Red Team includes players from Camdenton, Greenwood, Neosho, West Plains, Waynesville, Glendale, New Covenant, Webb City, Crocker and Springfield Central.