All-State honors go to pair of Wildcats

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A pair of Cassville soccer players earned Class 2 All-State honors for their play during the 2006 season. Junior Ryan Schlichtman was named to the All-State second team and senior Nate Evans won All-State honorable mention recognition.

The All-State team is voted on by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Evans was a defensive standout for the Wildcats this year. He also received All-Region and All-District first team honors. His selection to the All-State team is a repeat for the hardworking defender who earned All-State second team honors as a junior after the Wildcats tied for third in the state last season.

Evans would like to continue to play soccer in college and is currently looking at many options, including John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. When reminiscing about his career at Cassville, Evans said, "It a good family environment; everyone tried their hardest." His favorite moment from the season was against the Webb City Cardinals when Cassville trailed at half and came back to win before a large home crowd.

Schlichtman played forward for the Wildcats this fall and led the team in goals with 30. He also tallied 10 assists and a new school record for most goals scored in a game with six. Schlichtman will be back next year for the 'Cats and is excited about where the program will go under new head coach Brian Wilbanks. Schlichtman said he loves the "all out, as hard as you can (go)" style of soccer that Cassville plays. His favorite memory from the season was another comeback that the Wildcats had against Joplin. The Eagles led 2-0 with only 10 minutes remaining and yet the Wildcats, who had never before scored on Joplin, sank two goals in the final minutes and forced a tie.

In addition to his All-State honor, Schlichtman joined Evans on the All-Region and All-District first teams.

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