Wildcats soccer team falls in district opener
Coach proud of team's achievements
Cassville soccer coach Jake Forste was positive, upbeat and encouraging as he spoke to his Wildcats after a 6-2 loss in the district semifinal to Monett Monday.
Forste noted that everyone from game officials, to opposing coaches to fans had told him during the course of the season how impressed they were with the Wildcats, from the way they carried themselves to the way they played the game with energy.
"We went from a three-win team to an 11-win team this year," Forste said to his players. "You did that. We return seven starters next season and the sky is the limit. We have nothing to be ashamed of this season. Hold your heads up."
When Forste took the head coaching job at Cassville, he set two items at the head of his priority list -- instill enthusiasm for soccer and provide a foundation for fundamental growth.
"I think, first and foremost, we're back," Forste said. "For a long time, Cassville soccer was nonexistent. We had kids that loved the game and coaches that coached, but we didn't get it done. We have some things we can build on going into next year."
Forste lamented the fact that he only got to spend one year with his seven seniors in Hunter Dover, Aaron Camarillo, Anne Sommers, Austin Sneed, Charles Seymour, David Whittemire and Rodney Ozbun.
"That is my biggest regret, that I only get one year with some of these guys," Forste said. "I think about what we could have achieved together in four years."
The Wildcats' core unit is built upon a large and talented sophomore class. The offseason looms large for the Wildcats in terms of growth and getting ready for next season.
"We'll be missing our two leading goal scorers next season," Forste said. "I'm expecting anywhere from 10 to 15 incoming freshmen. In order to get better, it is just getting these kids to play, whether that's in their yard or after school.
"They need to work outside of the season in order to get better."