Playing without their top three scorers, the Monett Cubs soccer team was defeated 3-0 by the Marshfield Bluejays in the first round of the Class 2A District 5 tournament at Marshfield on Saturday morning.
Monett finished the season with a 10-8 record.
"We played hard but we were short-handed on offense," said Monett Coach Jeremy Wilson. "One player was absent due to a family obligation. Another was suspended for disciplinary reasons and a third was academically ineligible.
"It's tough to compete in this situation," said Wilson. "We were asking kids to do things they were not used to doing."
Led by the defensive play of Abraham Mejia and goalie Al Dohmen, the third-seeded Cubs kept Marshfield out of the net in the first half despite repeated offensive threats. Meanwhile, the Cubs could generate very little offense as the half ended 0-0.
Early in the second half it was more of the same, but the sixth-seeded Bluejays finally broke through with a goal at the 50-minute mark. Marshfield added two more goals down the stretch in taking the victory.
In other games, second-seeded Cassville beat seventh-seeded Logan-Rogersville 6-2, top-seeded Bolivar nipped eighth-seeded West Plains 3-2, and fourth-seeded Webb City defeated fifth-seeded Carl Junction 3-1.
Semifinal games today pit Webb City against Bolivar at 4:30 p.m. and Cassville versus Marshfield at 6:30 p.m.