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Cubs take fourth in Willard

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Looking to pass. Jorge Aceves, a junior at Monett, looks for an open teammate to pass to during Saturday's Willard soccer tournament. The Cubs took fourth place in the event. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs soccer team took fourth place in the six-team field at Willard this weekend.

On Thursday, Monett defeated New Covenant 4-2.

"We came out very slow and quickly found ourselves in a 0-2 hole less than 10 minutes into the game," said Monett coach Dan Janssen. "We were able to regroup and claw our way back to a 2-2 tie at halftime. Our play improved the second half, and we were able to keep them off the scoreboard by possessing the ball and some defensive adjustments."

Monett goals:

* Francisco Morales, 28th minute, Eddie Aceves assist.

* Travis Thompson, 36th minute, unassisted.

* Morales 51st minute, unassisted.

* Thompson 53rd minute, Tyler Webb assist.


On Saturday, Monett fell 8-0 to soccer powerhouse Bolivar.

"The game started the same as the New Covenant, facing a 0-2 deficit in less than 10 minutes on two breakaways," said Janssen. "We cannot do that against a quality team like Bolivar. They are very experienced and know how to put away a game once they have control. We were able to stick with them a little better, but their depth and ball control were ultimately too much for us."


The Cubs fell 2-0 to Logan-Rogersville in the third place game.

Rogersville scored a goal in the 53rd minute when a large pileup occurred in front of the Cubs' net. The Wildcats were able to get a chip shot goal. Rogersville's second goal came on a breakaway after Monett pulled its defensive personel up to add offensive pressure in the 79th minute.

"Although we lost the game, we played our best game of the tournament," said Janssen. "We controlled the ball better than our opponents and made good passes, but we were unable to finish despite having many chances to do so. We had too many missed shots that we should have made and that is something that we need to look at as we prepare for districts. We cannot afford to waste our chances against good teams."

Monett will host College Heights on Tuesday.The game will begin at 4 p.m.

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