Cassville girls defend home turf in overtime
Not even Hollywood could have written a better script for the first ever varsity girls home soccer game played at Cassville.
The Lady Wildcats earned a hard-fought, 2-1 win over New Covenant Academy with an overtime goal by Maddie Bowyer 3 minutes into the extra period.
“It was a great game,” said Jake Forste, Cassville coach. “We started fast with an Olivia Holman goal about six minutes in, and we played well for the first 20 minutes.”
New Covenant then seized a bit of momentum, controlling the pace long enough to score the equalizer with six minutes remaining in the first half.”
Forste said Cassville adjusted its defensive rotations at halftime and made a more conscience effort to pressure the ball in the second half.
“I felt like we were the aggressors the second half and controlled play,” Forste said. “We definitely had the better shots on goal. I am proud of how we responded. I told the girls we wanted to get the win in overtime and not let this thing go to a shootout.”
Bowyer prevented the shootout by taking the ball at midfield, beating multiple New Covenant defenders and charging the left side of the 18-yard box. She slotted a low shot into the far corner, winning the game and giving the crowd a game to remember.
The Lady Wildcats are 2-2 on the season and have played three games decided by one goal. Only Marshfield has defeated the Lady Wildcats by a larger margin, and it was only a 2-0 setback in the team’s first ever varsity contest.
The other loss came in a shootout with Monett in a contest where the Lady Cubs were awarded a penalty kick with only seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score 1-1.
“I feel good about being 2-1 in one-goal games,” Forste said. “Playing a junior varsity schedule last year and having most games decided early on in the contest, I was worried about how battle tested we would be this season. I love the fight in this team, and we are only going to get better.”
The Lady Wildcats travel to Marshfield on Thursday with a chance to avenge the season-opening loss.