Close, but not quite there

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Kory Harvey, stops a shot during varsity action this week for the Wildcats. Jared Lankford/

Cassville soccer looking for offensive surge

Sometimes by looking at numbers alone, the truth can be misleading.

Take the Cassville soccer team for instance. The Wildcats are 4-13-1 on the season and on pace to lose more games this season than last.

Carter Fletcher battles for a ball during varsity action for the Wildcats. Jared Lankford/

However, if you step back and look at the bigger picture, this Cassville squad is much improved over the team that played for the school last season.

“Defensively, we have become more solid than last year,” said Jake Forste, Cassville coach. “You look at our record and some might question that, but seven of our losses have been by a single goal.”

In fact, two of those losses came in overtime to Logan-Rogersville and Aurora, both district opponents and teams that topped the Wildcats by four goals in games last season.

Another factor is Cassville has rebuilt its offense this season and its leading goal scorer, Andy Berndt, missed 10 games due to injury. The Wildcats went 1-9 in those contests.

Prior to the Monett game on Monday, Berndt had scored 3 goals in the last four contests.

“It’s disappointing to lose,” Forste said. “But, as I told the kids, we are going to get this program back to a high level.”

Forste does have one key motivational factor for his team — they are still young.

The Wildcats have just one starter graduating, so experience should be a luxury.

“We just need our kids to buy into the system,” he said. “We’ll get there, but we just need to keep working."

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