Cassville hits the soccer pitch in summer
Wildcats hoping summer work pays off with district title
Cassville Soccer Coach Andrew Hoskins has a knack for getting his Wildcats to be playing their best by the time district playoffs roll around each season.
Cassville has played in three of the last four title games, but their last title came in 2011, a fact that the Cassville coach is ready to reverse.
Hoskins told his team at the end of last season that this year's success would be determined by the amount of work and sweat they put into the offseason.
One draw back to the Wildcats' summer regiment was the fact that most summer soccer leagues are in Springfield or Joplin, and that limited the number of players that could attend.
However, Monett began a 7-on-7 league. Not only was Cassville's drive time slashed by 80 percent, the Wildcats can also bring more players.
"I think it's a great summer experience for our guys as far as cross training goes," Hoskins said. "Some of these player are looking to earn varsity minutes and this gives them a chance to show what they can do."
The league lasts four weeks and is played on Tuesday nights. It consists of two teams from Monett, Cassville and Aurora. Each team is guaranteed three games a night.
"Building team chemistry is a major thing," Hoskins said. "We have some unsettled positions. We might have a new goalie coming in, but we just need to grow together."
Hoskins said the defense is his squad's area of biggest need.
"Graduation hit us hard last season," Hoskins said. "We lost most of our starting defense. We will use the 7-on-7 to help us rebuild."