Wildcat strikers down Houn's

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wildcat leader Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville's Austin Deffenbaugh dribbles the ball around an Aurora defender during last week's game. The Wildcats beat the Houn's 2-0.

The Cassville Wildcats shut out the visiting Aurora Houn' Dawgs 2-0 last Thursday night to up their record to 3-5.

"The team knew district expectations were on the line and performed beautifully," said Cassville soccer coach Andrew Hoskins.

Battling a tough Aurora midfield, the Wildcat defense held strong and helped to limit the Houn's scoring opportunities.

Wildcat goalkeeper Kevin Callahan earned his third shutout of the season with a stellar performance in the net.

"The game was a gritty soccer game being played on a rain-saturated field where the short ball and determination ruled the day," said Coach Hoskins.

Cassville scored one goal in each half. Zach McGuffey scored goal number one with an assist by Diego Ortega. In the second half, David Verde tallied his fifth goal of the season on an assist from Jesus Zermeno.

"I feel that our team continued the expectations of sportsmanship in a game that was very physical," said Coach Hoskins. "I also feel that we have been improving as the season goes on, and this should be a benefit when districts come around."

Last Tuesday, Cassville faced off against a tough Carl Junction squad and lost 3-1. The Bulldogs currently lead the conference after winning over top-ranked Monett.

The Wildcats' lone goal was earned by Verde with an assist from Zermeno.

The game was closer than the score indicated. Cassville outshot the Bulldogs and also missed a penalty kick that could have brought the game back into reach.

"This was a game where we struggled to take advantage with the opportunities that were given to us," said Coach Hoskins.

"I am proud of our players, especially seniors Jesus Zermeno and Austin Deffenbaugh who have taken a leadership role with our team and keeping it focused," added Hoskins.

The Wildcats will host Thomas Jefferson on Thursday and travel to Aurora next Tuesday.

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