Cassville struggles, falls 10-2 to Monett

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Settling the ball Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Cassville forward David Verde settles a pass and attempts to head toward the Monett goal during the Wildcats' soccer match on Oct. 8.

The Cassville Wildcat soccer team fell 10-2 to the Monett Cubs on Oct. 8.

"We wanted to come out and be the aggressors," said Cassville coach Andrew Hoskins. "We looked good early but couldn't maintain our energy level."

The Wildcats threw a furious assault at the Cubs' goal to start the contest. Cassville was awarded five corner kicks and had seven shots on goal during the first 15 minutes of play.

Monett caught a break and scored first on a breakaway goal in the 16th minute. Misael Cordero took a pass from Eddie Aceves and buried the ball in the corner of the net to give Monett a 1-0 lead.

Cassville almost answered back a minute later, but Zach McGuffey's shot caught just enough of the side post to spin outside of the goal line.

The Wildcats struggled to get back on defense after the missed goal, and Monett took advantage as Luis Gonzales found the open net on a pass from Jario Rueda.

Monett took a 3-0 lead at the 23rd minute mark when Cordero centered a pass to Francisco Morales.

Disaster struck the Wildcats in the 26th minute when Cassville was assessed red card when a defender deliberately touched the ball with his hand in order to prevent a goal.

The penalty was a double-edged sword for Cassville, a good defensive player for the Wildcats had to leave the field and Cassville was forced to play the remainder of the game a man down.

Monett added three more goals from Rueda, Jorge Aceves and Gonzales before halftime and took a 6-0 lead into intermission.

"We got the start we wanted to begin the game and then we just lost focus," said Cassville coach Andrew Hoskins. "We need to use this game as a bookmark. We want to reflect on it and learn from our mistakes. We didn't focus at all tonight."

To Cassville's credit, the Wildcats didn't go down without a fight.

Despite the six-goal halftime deficit, Cassville's David Verde scored two goals, one in the 55th minute and the other in the 71st minute, but the extra running, and trying to makeup for the odd-man difference took its toll on Cassville, allowing Monett to pull away with four second-half goals to secure victory.

"I thought the Cassville players did a good job of covering for the missing man," said Monett coach Dan Janssen. "Both teams played very hard in the second half. We just had more breaks."

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