By winning last night 5-0 over College Heights, the Monett Cubs soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak. The Cubs lost to Bolivar 8-2 on Monday night.
"It was good to get back on the winning side after facing three very difficult opponents," said Monett Coach Jeremy Wilson. "This was a much-needed win with only three games left before district play. The team needs to go into the district tournament with momentum."
The Cubs struggled to find any offensive momentum in the first half against the visiting Cougars last night, which ended at 0-0.
"We did not get home until late Monday night (from Bolivar) and it showed early in the game as the boys could not find their legs," Wilson said. "The wind was also wreaking havoc, as the Cubs were moving offensively into a stiff breeze.
"I told the team at halftime that we will not be using last night's game or the wind as an excuse for our inconsistent play," said Wilson. "The team showed great character by hustling better in the second half."
Jose Lopez, with an assist from Abraham Mejia, got the Cubs off to a fast start in the second half, scoring just two minutes into the second stanza to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Mauricio Trujillo scored an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead midway into the second half. Harald Gabriel scored the third goal of the game for the Cubs in the 64th minute. Trujillo had the assist. Lopez, off an assist from Luis Rueda, scored his second goal of the game in the 71st minute to quickly boost the Cubs lead to 4-0. Trujillo, off an assist by Lopez, scored the game's final goal, just beating the second half buzzer for a 5-0 win.
Julio Velazquez saved nine shots in filling in for goalie Al Dohmen, who missed his second straight game due to illness.
"The team was ecstatic for Julio," said Wilson. "He stepped into a tough situation the past two days and we are extremely proud of him.
"This was a good win for our team. Hopefully this game will give the team some forward momentum as the season winds down."
Monett's junior varsity played to a 0-0 tie against College Height's jayvees.
In the loss Monday against Bolivar Liberators, the visiting Cubs were missing four starters due to illness against the top team in their district.
"It's a very daunting task to play Bolivar at full strength," said Wilson. "It becomes monumental when you are missing key parts to your team as well."
The Cubs scored the first goal of the game just two minutes in on an unassisted corner kick from Trujillo. Bradley Stillwagon tied the game at one with a goal in the sixth minute.
The Cubs pushed ahead again in the 12th minute off of a corner kick play that saw Mejia score from Trujillo's centering pass. The Liberators would control the game for the final 65 minutes.
Monett will be in action tomorrow at home versus Neosho