Slow start dooms Cassville soccer at Monett
The Cassville Wildcats soccer team invaded Monett on Oct. 14 with a chance to put a strangle hold on the number one seed in the district tournament.
The Wildcats (5-10) defeated the Cubs (10-5) 5-2 earlier in the season and a second win would secure their top spot.
However, three quick goals by Monett led to a 7-3 Cubs' win.
"We didn't start with the right intensity and communication," said Cassville coach Andrew Hoskins. "We settled in and got a couple of scores back but couldn't overcome the early hole."
Monett strikers Misael Cordero and Jario Rueda teamed up for the Cubs' first three goals.
Cassville's Pafou Vang put a stop to the bleeding by scoring on a 40-yard free kick.
Monett outshot Cassville 12 to 4 in the first half.
The Cubs took a 5-1 lead early in the second half, but Cassville fought back. Kyle Branham buried a 35-yard free kick, narrowing the gap to 5-2. Even after two more Cubs' goals, the Wildcats scratched and clawed to stay in the game. Hard work was rewarded with a beautiful goal by Cassville's Isaiah Herbert in the final 10 minutes.
"Isaiah's goal was a result of some changes we made at halftime," said Hoskins. "Great communication led to the score."
The Wildcats host Carl Junction on Oct. 17. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.