Wildcats soccer team takes lumps, sees progress

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Noah Parsons heads the ball for the Cassville soccer team during varsity action at Aurora. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Rough week builds team character for Cassville

With a game against Branson on Thursday, the Cassville soccer teams knows it is in the hardest part of its season.

Part of that proof came in the form of a rough, 1-3 patch a week ago that started off on the wrong foot, but ended strongly.

"We dealt with some injury issues early that hurt us defensively," said Jake Forste, Cassville coach. "We didn't adjust very well when we played Aurora, and they beat us 3-0. The other thing that hurt us was not capitalizing on our scoring chances when they presented themselves."

The Wildcats dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to College Heights and a 2-0 game to Greenwood.

"Both of those teams are tough," Forste said. "Once again, we had chances, but missed our marks. One thing we take away from those games is you have to stay focused. Sometimes you only get one chance and you need to be ready to take it."

On Saturday, the Wildcats finished strong with a 5-1 win over Laquey.

"We finally played a game where we put our struggles behind us and played as a team," Forste said. "The teams we have left on our schedule are tough, and wins won't be given just by showing up."

Cassville is positioning itself already for a top-two seed in the district tournament.

"We have some must-win games on our schedule this week," Forste said. "I think a top-two seed is not out of the question at all."

Kickoff against the Pirates is set for 5 p.m.

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