The Monett Cubs soccer team (8-14) fell 3-1 to the Cassville Wildcats in district soccer action Tuesday night.
"This was a tough one," said Monett Head Coach Jeremy Wilson. "We didn't capitalize on our opportunities, and Cassville did."
The game started last Monday, but due to lighting and the deteriorating weather conditions, the match was postponed at the 31:31 mark of the first half. Play resumed on Tuesday.
Monett's play was dominant in the first half. The Cubs outshot the Wildcats 10-4 and took a 1-0 lead into halftime as Francisco Morales scored an unassisted goal in the 31st minute.
Cassville went on the attack the second half. The Wildcats outshot the Cubs 15-6 in the period, scoring the equalizing goal in the 61st minute.
Monett's Kavan Ply would counter and score what appeared to be the go-ahead goal in the 67th minute. However, the goal was disallowed after it was ruled that the ball crossed the backline and was out-of-bounds.
"We proved all season long we could play with anyone for 70 of the 80 game minutes," said Wilson. "In those remaining 10 minutes we would lose our focus and put our self in a big hole."
The play killed the momentum the Cubs had built, and Cassville seized control of the game, quickly scoring two goals in the 68th minute to put the contest out of reach.
"Losing our seniors will be tough," added Wilson. "We will struggle to replace their leadership. I firmly believe that if we are to be successful next season we have to get stronger in the off-season. You can't show up in August not having worked out all summer and expect to be a play-off contender in November.
"We will need our current sophomores and juniors to step up and provide the leadership for this team," said Wilson. "We have the talent to compete, we just need the drive and motivation to achieve our goals.'