"The score isn't indicative of how we played," said Monett head coach Dan Janssen. "I am proud of how hard the boys battled and the effort they put forth on the field tonight."
Early in the contest a Wildcat blowout win appeared eminent. Rogersville scored two goals on their first two shots of the game, one in the fifth minute and the other two minutes later.
Monett responded to the aggressive pace of the contest when Travis Thompson scored in the ninth minute. Thompson sent a pass from the far side of the box that ricocheted off a Rogersville defender and found the back of the net.
Two minutes later, the Cubs tied the contest when Will Snider let loose a 30-yard bomb that clipped the top cross bar and caromed into the goal.
Monett out hot Rogersville 16-7 in the first half and 12-7 in the second half.
"After the initial wave, we were the agressors in the first half," said Janssen. "We sent too many shots wide and high. We need to learn from this game and get better. We responded well to the physical play. We just need to get stronger."
In the second half, Rogersville went ahead for good with a penalty kick goal in the 56th minute. Monett yielded another goal in the 74th and 89th minutes.
"The last two goals were set up by us being out of position trying to be aggressive," said Janssen. "Rogersville did a good job of taking advantage of their opportunities. We will grow from this game."
Monett hosts conference and district foe Carl Junction on Monday at 5 p.m. All Cubs fans are encouraged to attend.