Cassville soccer wins district title

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
District champs Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The 2010 Cassville Wildcat soccer team is pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Kevin Callahan and Indy Cole. Second row: Zach McGuffey, Austin Deffenbaugh, Diego Ortega, Jacob Clere and Christian Hagan. Third row: Coach Ben Reuter, Cliff Butterfield, Klayten Holt, Jesus "Z" Zermeno, Brady Pry, David Verde and Coach Andrew Hoskins.

The Cassville Wildcat soccer team won the 2011 District championship by defeating top-seed Carl Junction 3-2 in the title match on Thursday at Monett.

To advance to the championship game, the Wildcats first faced off against rival Monett, who Cassville had lost two twice before in the regular season. The 'Cats fell behind early, and it was 1-0 in the Cubs favor at half time.

"I think we knew we had it in us to find a way to win," said Coach Andrew Hoskins.

In the second half, Cassville come out strong and scored three goals to earn a 3-2 victory. David Verde was credited with hat trick.

"I'm very proud of Jesus Zermeno, Christian Hagan, Austin Deffenbaugh and Wyatt Lopez who helped get David Verde the ball and kept the pressure on," said Hoskins.

The Cassville coach also liked the way his defense worked together to stop Monett scoring opportunities.

"I would say our defense led by Klayton Holt worked well on the left with our new defensive starter Ethen Reidlinger, who played amazing at slowing down their attack."

Thursday night's championship game pitted Cassville against a Bulldog team that had already beat them three times.

The Wildcats got on the board first with an unassisted goal by Brady Pry. Cassville added two more goals to take a 3-0 half-time lead. Cliff Butterfield scored the second goal on an assist from Zach McGuffey and the third goals was scored by Verde on a Carl Junction miscue.

The second half was a battle with the Bulldogs scoring two goals to narrow the margin. In the end, Cassville held on for the 3-2 victory.

"A lot of credit goes to the defense and goal tender who fought the last five minutes of the game to preserve the victory," said Hoskins. "Words alone can't express the pride I feel for my players. They knew coming in we were underdogs and a lot of people had written us off. We didn't care; we simply played soccer the way it should be as a team."

Cassville played Bolivar in a regional playoff game on Tuesday. The score was not available at presstime.

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