Nine experienced lettermen are back to lead the Monett Cubs soccer team this fall as the Cubs prepare for the season opener at Aurora on Thursday, Sept. 3.
Coach Jeremy Wilson said, "As the 2009 Monett soccer season begins, many position battles must be determined. Five seniors must be replaced including four starters. Though replacing those seniors will be a difficult task, many bright spots from the 2008 season return to the soccer field this fall."
Top returners are five players who received season-ending honors last year. They are first team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State selection Mauricio Trujillo (39 goals), first team All-District selection Uriel Rueda (17 goals), second team All-District selection Jose Lopez (24 goals), second team All-District selection Abraham Mejia and second team All-District selection goalie Al Dohmen.
"Dohmen will provide stability to a crucial position," said Wilson.
Stability can also be found in the coaching staff as head coach Jeremy Wilson and assistant coach Dan Janssen return for their second season on the sidelines.
|Wilson noted the 2008 soccer season ended with a disappointing 2-1 loss to rival Cassville in the district tournament semifinals, concluding a 14-10 season.||"Returning players are hungry for the upcoming season to begin with high expectations," Wilson said. "That hunger has shown up on the soccer field with their hard and dedication.|
"This season is going to be very special. The group of players that we have is very special," Wilson said. "The coaching staff is very fortunate to be able to work with these young adults.
"The support we get at home is very unique, and the Monett soccer team would like to thank and encourage attendance at our games," Wilson concluded.
The remaining schedule is as follows: Sept. 8 at Cassville; Sept. 10 Joplin here; Sept. 14 at Carl Junction; Sept. 17 Monett Tournament; Sept. 21 at Willard; Sept. 24, Springfield Hillcrest here; Sept. 29, Webb City here; Oct. 1, Cassville here; Oct. 2, Willard Tournament; Oct. 5 at Springfield Central; Oct. 8 at Thomas Jefferson; Oct. 13, Carthage here; Oct. 15 at Springfield Greenwood; Oct. 19 at Bolivar; Oct. 20, College Heights here; Oct. 22, Neosho here; and Oct. 27, Carl Junction here.