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MHS soccer team drops two games

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Winning the ball. Monett's Travis Thompson heads the ball toward a teammate during Tuesday's soccer game against Carthage. Monett hosts Willard on Thursday night to open the Monett Invitational Tournament. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs soccer team dropped a pair of highly competitive games this week.

On Tuesday, Monett fell 5-0 to a very talented Carthage team and on Monday, the Cubs lost a heartbreaker to Carl Junction.

Against the Bulldogs, the Cubs cut the lead to 2-1 with six minutes to play on a goal by Francisco Morales. Monett attacked the goal over the last six minutes but couldn't score the equalizer.

"We played in a very tough match tonight against a very tough team," said Monett head coach Dan Janssen. "Our kids started off the game with good energy and we challenged the Bulldogs with some good scoring chances. "Unfortunately, we did not capitalize on our early chances, and as CJ gained momentum, we played more and more on our heels instead of challenging and pressuring the ball," Janssen continued. "We showed a lot of pride in the last 10 minutes of the game when we put the pressure back on them and clawed our way back to a one goal deficit. We looked very good in those closing minutes. Our challenge will be to find a way to play with that energy for 80 minutes."

According to Janssen, Carl Junction, has been one of the team who have set the standard for quality over the last several seasons.

"It was great for our team to play them that closely this early in the season," said Janssen. "We will see them again on Saturday morning, in late October, and hopefully in district competition, so we will be learning from tonight's game and using that to get better for next time."

Monett hosts the Monett Invitational Tournament, which begins on Thursday. The Cubs play Willard at 7 p.m.



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