In a game that was not for the faint of heart, the Monett soccer Cubs (2-0) defeated Cassville 2-1 Tuesday night.
"I couldn't ask for any more out of my players," Cubs Coach Jeremy Wilson said. "Everyone gave maximum effort, and it took that effort to win."
|The Cubs got on the board in the 15th minute of the first half when Abraham Mejia's penalty kick sailed over the Wildcats goalie outstretched fingers and in the net. The Cubs took the 1-0 lead into halftime.|
"I told the team at halftime that one goal would not be enough," Wilson said. "Cassville is a good team and well coached. I knew they would come out and attack us in the second half."
Coach Wilson's prediction came true. Cassville outshot Monett 12-5 in the second half and never gave up.
The Wildcats opened up the half by assaulting the Cubs' defensive zone. Wave upon wave of Wildcat assaults were met with stiff resistance by Monett.
|Cubs' defender Ricardo Ortega made a tremendous open net save in the 12th minute. After goalie Freddy Lopez dove to make a save on a shot to the near left corner, the rebound landed in front of a Wildcat striker who immediately sent the ball toward an open net. Ortega quickly maneuvered in front of the ball and scissor kicked it out of the penalty box.|
The Cubs scored an insurance goal in the 69th minute. Eddie Acever centered a pass to teammate Travis Thompson who punched the ball into the net's far left corner.
"Thompson's goal was huge." Wilson said. "I thought we passed the ball well when we attacked. Defensively, Ortega and Lopez came up huge."
Cassville would not go away quietly. The Wildcats scored in a goal off a free kick in the 74th minute and had several more chances to tie the score in the closing seconds.
In the 76th minute a Wildcats striker launched a bullet from 15 feet out. Lopez stretched out and was able to get a hand on the ball and deflect it over the net.
"In the final four minutes of the game, Freddy saved three direct shots on goal," Wilson said. "Without his athleticism the game might have turned out different.
"Tonight our team grew a little bit," Wilson added "We played under pressure and were able to find a way to win and that's what good teams do. We have a few things we need to work on in practice, but this was a good win for us."
Monett will be in action Thursday night at Logan-Rogersville.