Wildcat strikers take key victories
The Cassville Wildcat soccer team is on a roll after winning back-to-back games against Webb City and New Covenant.
Last Thursday at home, Cassville defeated the Webb City 2-1 in a defensive battle that was ultimately decided by penalty kicks.
The Cardinals scored the first goal 10 minutes after the game started. Cassville responded, and Austin Deffenbaugh scored the equalizer 14 minutes later.
Both defenses stiffened, and Indy Cole played an exceptional game in goal, making several key saves, to keep the match even.
"Our defense did a good job of shutting down their wings and making them play center," said Coach Andrew Hoskins. "We also played as a team and the players stayed on their defensive assignments."
After two scoreless overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks. Jesus Zermeno, Deffenbaugh and David Verde put the ball in the net, and then Cole made a remarkable save to give the Wildcats a chance to win. Zach McGuffey came up for his chance and calmly put the ball over the Webb City goalkeeper's head to earn the win.
"This game was a game for the ages," said Hoskins. "Webb City was a great opponent, and we look forward to playing them next year."
The Wildcats also picked up a win over the Cardinals. Cassville won 4-1 with two goals from Jesus Camarillo and one each from McGuffey and Diego Ortega. McGuffey, Ociel Gonzales and Ricky Hernandez tallied assists in the win.
"I think the key to this game was our passion level and aggressiveness of our offense and defense," said Hoskins. "I really feel our JV team has grown this year into a team unit. We will continue to help this develop in the offseason through conditioning and training."
Last Tuesday, the Wildcats rebounded from a five-game losing streak to crush New Covenant 4-2.
The first goal of the game was scored by Zermeno on an unassisted cornerkick to give Cassville the early edge.
The rest of the scoring for the Wildcats came from Christian Hagan, who scored a hat trick in the contest to give Cassville the solid lead. The three goals were assisted by Deffenbaugh, McGuffey and Calisia Brookes.
"I feel we needed this win to prove to ourselves that when we play determined and our communication is open the results are always positive," said Hoskins.
"Our defense also played a strong game," Hoskins continued. "Wyatt Lopez and Klayton Holt really kept the right and center part of our field locked up, forcing New Covenant to play our game. Indy Cole also did a great job of controlling the tempo in the goal box while making a couple of quality saves."
The Wildcats enter district play next Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Monett. Cassville is slated to play Monett at 7 p.m. If the Wildcats win, they will play the winner of the Carl Junction-Aurora match-up on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.