Wildcat soccer set for explosion

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Kendall Branham makes a play on the ball during a recent soccer match. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville leaves tough part of schedule behind

All signs pointed to a loss Thursday for Cassville soccer (3-8) as the game against Aurora drew near the final whistle.

The Wildcats trailed 4-3 with four minutes left against a vastly-improved Houn' Dawg team.

Being down late in ball games was nothing new for a team struggling with a tough early season soccer schedule. However, this game had a different ending.

The Wildcats showed that they had swagger and pride and used goals by Aaron Camarillo and Trever Supulver in the closing minutes to snatch victory from tfhe hands of Aurora.

"It has become about playing for the team and each other," Camarillo said. "Just because we get down one, two or three goals, we can't hang our heads and give up. I have to do all I can and they have to do all they can to get back into games."

There is an undeniable fact, the Wildcats have faced a who's who of southwest Missouri's talented soccer teams this season including three-time defending state champ Springfield catholic and state-ranked Carthage.

"We've really had a challenging and difficult schedule this year," said Andrew Hoskins, Cassville coach. "I think tonight you saw some of our resiliency show. Aurora is greatly improved and had us on our heels, but we were able to rally. That is something that I've been looking for our team to do all season."

The road gets a little easier for Hoskins and his squad as they prepare for Thomas Jefferson on Thursday and then a rematch with Aurora on Tuesday.

"We have to take them one at a time, but I believe we are poised for a breakout," Hoskins said. "We are a young team, and I think we weathered the storm pretty well. We have several winnable games left on our schedule."

Camarillo, who scored four goals against Aurora, believes his team has what it takes to make a run at a district title.

"We just have to keep playing together," he said. "I didn't score by myself, it took my teammates making passes and getting the ball in position where I scored."

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