Cassville soccer off to a slow start

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Cassville goalie Marshall Henson makes a diving save during the Wildcats' soccer game against Springfield Catholic.

The Cassville Wildcats soccer team knew that there would be growing pains to start the 2013-14 season.

Coach Andrew Hoskins front-loaded his schedule with tough teams in hopes of showing what he wants his young Wildcat squad to become.

Cassville (0-5) opened the season with an 8-2 loss to Neosho on Sept. 3.

Neosho jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half before adding five additional goals in the second to win it going away.

Neosho blasted 21 shots on goal while holding Cassville to eight.

Cassville then played defending Class 1 state champion Springfield Catholic on Sept. 5, falling 4-0.

The Black and Gold played well against the Irish but could find their offensive rhythm.

Cassville dropped three straight in the Monett tournament on Sept. 6 and 7, falling 4-0 to Monett, 5-0 to Branson and 2-0 to Parkview.

"We have had a tough start to the season so far, playing with some injuries," said Hoskins. "But the team has improved as we go on. We need to focus on getting ready for our next opponent."

The Wildcats will be back in action on Sept. 12 at Branson.

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

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