The Monett Cubs soccer team scored a thrilling 1-0 victory last night on the road against rival Cassville. It was the fourth time in five tries under Head Coach Jeremy Wilson that the Cubs have defeated the Wildcats.
"We have won two games on the road without our full complement of players," said Wilson. "It speaks volumes to the depth that we have assembled on this team."
The Cubs defense was stifling again last night and has yet to allow a goal in the young season as Monett went to 2-0.
Al Dohmen was very impressive in the goal, saving 11 shots.
"I really believe that as talented as we are offensively, the strength of this team may be our defense led by junior sweeper, Abraham Mejia," Wilson said. "He has gelled our defensive front, teaming with Daniel Salazar, Ricardo Ortega, and Clayton Patton."
|Throughout the first half, Cassville tried to frustrate All-State striker Mauricio Trujillo. The Wildcats kept one player glued to Trujillo's side in an attept to keep the talented striker from taking a shot.||"At halftime I told the team to remain composed, and we would find the back of the net first in the second half," said Wilson.|
The Cubs did just that, scoring 13 minutes into the second half in a frantic sequence of events that results in Trujillo being fouled inside the Cassville box. A penalty kick was awarded and Trujillo calmly scored the game's only goal.
The Cubs then played flawless defense to secure the hard fought victory.
"It's an indescribable feeling to have your players run in to your arms and celebrate a hard earned victory," Coach Wilson said.
The schedule gets no easier for the Monett soccer team as it hosts Joplin tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
"We are going to have to bring our 'A' game on Thursday to beat Joplin, a team that always gives the Cubs fits," Wilson stated.