Wildcats compete well against Class 3 schools

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cassville took a huge 10-0 win over Columbus, Kan., last Tuesday in a road match.

Uziel Franco led the goal scoring with three goals. Hector Valenzuela and Ryan Schlichtman had two goals each, and Aaron Jamieson, Nate Evans and Jeremiah Harris added a goal apiece. The match ended in the first half when the Wildcats scored their 10th goal.

Cassville traveled to the highly competitive Christian County Invitational Tournament held at both Nixa and Ozark this past weekend.

The Soccer 'Cats opened play with a 2-1 loss to Nixa, the eventual tournament champions. Cassville scored first on a 25-yard free kick by Ryan Schlichtman. Nixa's Danny Curro answered back with a goal and the first quarter ended 1-1.

The Wildcats were unable to score in the second half, and Curro struck again to give Nixa the win.

In the second game, the Wildcats dropped a thriller in the last seconds to Lee's Summit West by a score of 2-1. Hector Valenzuela scored for Cassville against the team the Wildcats defeated last year to gain a berth in the state play-offs.

The game was knotted at 1-1 up until the final two minutes of the game when the Titans were able to send a ball into the upper corner of the net to take the win.

In the final match, Cassville knocked off Fort Osage 1-0 on a goal by Valenzuela, who was assisted by Schlichtman. Junior keeper Anthony Larson was credited with the shutout.

"We played huge schools and showed well," said Coach Terry Jamieson. "I thought Nate Evans was a superman on defense, and by the time we had reached late Saturday, I felt we were really starting to find some looks on the field that were working."

Nixa, Lee's Summit West and Fort Osage are all Class 3 schools. The Wildcats are classified Class 2.

Cassville is now 2-3 on the season. The Wildcats travel to Aurora on Thursday and then compete in the The Viking Showdown hosted by Parkview High School in Springfield. Cassville is scheduled to play either their hosts or Fulton at 3:45 p.m. on Friday followed by two more games Saturday.

In an additional note, the Wildcat JV traveled to the New Covenant Tournament this past weekend and went 1-2 against varsity opponents, including a 3-1 win over Richland.

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