Soccer 'Cats win two, boost record to 10-6

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Cassville Wildcats picked up two hard-fought victories this week that should help them at district seeding time. Cassville defeated Carl Junction 4-1 at home on Thursday night and then travelled to Springfield on Monday to earn a 2-1 overtime victory against Greenwood.

Against Greenwood, Cassville scored first when freshman Oto Franco collected a rebound off the goalkeeper and placed the ball into the net during the first half.

Trailing 1-0 at the start of the second 45 minutes of play, Greenwood was able to tie the game 1-1 when they were awarded a penalty kick.

In overtime, it was Cassville's turn to draw the penalty, which Omar Valenzuela was able to slot past the goalkeeper for the game winner. This represented Valenzuela's fifth penalty goal shot of the season.

"We are the only team in our district who has defeated both Greenwood and New Covenant, and we have done it twice for each team," said Coach Brian Wilbanks. "These wins show that we are very competitive in our district."

In the Carl Junction game, Valenzuela gave the Wildcats the first-half lead when he converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute. Carl Junction was able to tie the game at 1-1 with a goal in the 37th minute.

In the second half, Cassville took control of the game. Uziel Franco netted two goals within five minutes of each other. The second goal was scored off of an assist by Valenzuela. The final tally of the night came on another Valenzuela penalty kick conversion.

Senior Michael Rush handled goalkeeping duties in both wins.

The Cassville junior varsity squad, coached by Jonathan Winslow, also notched a win over the Bulldogs. The young 'Cats downed Carl Junction 1-0 on an unassisted goal by Oto Franco.

The Wildcats are now 10-6 with three games left in their regular season schedule. Cassville hosts College Heights on Oct. 27 and Logan-Rogersville on Oct. 28 before closing out the season on the road at Ozark on Thursday, Oct. 30.

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