Cassville soccer players focusing on the grind

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Michael Sommers drives the ball past a defender during tourney action on Saturday. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Team takes stock of 1-2 season start

It was not the most ideal start to the season for the Cassville soccer team.

The Wildcats went 1-2 in their own tournament last week and felt like they could have done more.

Andrew Littlefield heads the ball up the field for Cassville Saturday. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

“Every team in that field was improved this season,” said Jake Forste, Cassville coach. “We got better in those three games. We’d like to have won all of them, but we saw that we are not that far away from being a tough team.”

The Wildcats opened play with a 4-1 win over Thomas Jefferson.

The team followed that up with a 4-0 setback to Aurora.

“Against Aurora, they got a goal when our defender fell down and then picked up another when we have an injury,” Forste said. “In the tournament, we played 30 minute halves, and that forced us to change our style in the second half and play up. We were out of position and credit Aurora for taking full advantage.”

In the third game, the Wildcats fell 1-0 to New Covenant.

“We were tied 0-0 at halftime,” Forste said. “We feel like when a game is 0-0 that we are in the lead. We like low scoring, grind-it-out type contests.”

The Wildcats are not panicking. They know that the offense is coming. They just need more game minutes.

“We are not going to change the way we approach games offensively,” Forste said. “Against New Covenant, we had three kicks clang off the cross bar. Two inches lower and they were all goals. We still have 21 games left in our season. We just need more time on the field.”

The Wildcats do not have to wait long to seek revenge against the Warriors. On Thursday, the team opens play in the New Covenant Tourney along with Marshfield and Hillcrest.

“We are going up there to win the tourney,” Forste said. “New Covenant came down here and got us on our home field, and now we are going to go up there and return the favor.”

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