Wildcat futbol on the rise

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Jazmin Aguirre showed off her fancy footwork during Tuesday’s soccer practice. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville poised for breakout season

The smile on the face of Jake Forste is a little bigger this season.

Last year, the Cassville soccer coach’s Wildcat squad and he enjoyed a successful honeymoon. Forste admits that is was a square-one type season where players were learning the basics and fundamentals of his style of play.

Cassville junior James Okel works on his dribbling during practice for the Wildcats on Tuesday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

The coach was able to make an impact and after an 11-15 campaign, he believes his ‘Cats are on the verge of a breakout.

“Last season we were weeding out some bad habits,” Forste said. “This year we have kids that have played a full year in a futsol league, in the spring and in a summer 7-v-7. We’re really just light-years ahead of where we were.”

Forste said this year has been more about fine-tuning his system instead instituting wholesale changes.

“We have nine starters that are juniors,” Forste said. Several of them played last year. The kids know what I expect and know I am going to push them and they understand that we want to get this program to where it needs to be.”

With a large group of underclassmen, the Wildcats have been able to take the development at a slower pace and spend more time than usual on certain drills and skill development.

“We only have one senior starter this year,” Forste said. “That means the bulk of our starters are going to play 50 or so games together over the next two seasons. We can spend more time working on things because they are playing together for so long. I honestly see no reason why we can’t when at least 40 of those games if we work and grow together.”

The roster has grown on the second year coach and the excitement surrounding the program is also on the rise. Forste said that there is room on the team for more players nor matter their skill set. He noted that his job is to teach the game and that is his passion.

The Wildcats open the season on Aug. 22 with their Cassville Kickoff Soccer Classic. They close the month with the Header Warrior Classic.

September opens with a match at Fair Grove on Sept. 5 then a pair of home matches against College Heights on Sept. 12 and Aurora on Sept. 14.

A return trip to College Heights awaits the Wildcats on Sept. 18, and then another home match with Logan-Rogersville on Sept. 19.

Two road games, at Branson on Sept. 21 and at Aurora on Sept. 25, give way to a pair of home battles with McDonald County on Sept. 26 and Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 28 to end the month.

October opens with a huge road test against rival Monett on Oct. 2, followed by a trip to Greenwood in Springfield on Oct. 3.

A home game awaits Cassville on Oct. 7 with Laquey, followed by road tilts at Hillcrest on Oct. 9 and New Covenant on Oct. 10.

Senior night and the regular season finale is set for Oct. 12, as Webb City comes calling.

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