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Cubs soccer on a roll, winners of three straight

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Settling in. Monett's Grant Oganesyan settles a pass during second half soccer action Tuesday night against Webb City. The Cubs won 3-1. [Time Photo by Jared Lankford]
By JARED LANKFORD

The Monett Cubs soccer team is starting to peak at the right time of the year.

The Cubs have won five of their last six games, including their last three contests.

On Tuesday night, Monett downed Webb City 3-1.

"It was another nice win. I was pleased that we did not come out flat after a big win on Monday," said Monett coach Dan Janssen. "Our pressure wasn't great and our passing was a little off, but we have had a lot of games and not a lot of rest and it showed a bit tonight. Still, we played hard and came up with a win."

Francisco Morales scored in the fifth minute off a Tyler Webb assist. Ten minutes later, Jario Rueda made it 2-0 with an assist from Eddie Aceves.

The Cardinals battled back and cut the lead in half with Mark Hobdy's goal in the 38th minute.

Monett's Miseal Cordero solidified the win for the Cubs when he lifted a floater over the goalie's head at the 57th minute mark.

Freddy Lopez, Monett's goalie, turned in another solid performance, collecting nine saves.

"It is great to see the young kids continue to step up and score some goals," said Janssen. "Overall, our scoring has been pretty balanced, as we have a number of guys who can put the ball in the back of the net, so that can make us very dangerous when we are playing well."

Bolivar

On Monday, the Cubs recorded a 2-0 victory over perennial soccer powerhouse Bolivar.

"This win means a lot to our program," said Janssen. "We have never beaten Bolivar in my four years at Monett. It was very satisfying for the boys to go out there and earn a hard-fought victory against a very good team."

Cordero broke a 0-0 tie in the 51st minute off a nice pass from Morales. Lopez and the Cubs defense frustrated the Liberators' attempts to tie the contest.

Aceves scored a goal at the 79th minute off a Nick Forbis pass to secure the win.

"Freddy and our defense continued to play well and limited a lot of their chances," said Janssen. "We made the most of our opportunities as well, which is something that we had struggled with in the past. You don't get a lot of chances to score against the great teams like Bolivar, so we had to capitalize on those shots."

Marshfield

Last Thursday, the Cubs traveled to Marshfield and knocked off the Bluejays 2-0.

"This was a very intense game," said Janssen. "Marshfield came out with a lot of hustle, speed and physical play that we were unable to match early in the game. We were a little flat footed in the midfield, but Freddy and the defense stood tall and were able to keep them off the scoreboard. On the other side of the field, their goaltender was playing phenomenally and denied any chances that we had."

Tied 0-0 at halftime, the Cubs adjusted and went on the offensive.

Webb broke the tie with an unassisted goal at the 61st minute mark. Eight minutes later, Will Snider scored with an assist credited to Jario Rueda.

"At halftime, we regrouped, refocused, and committed to give 100 percent in the second half, and I think we played one of the best halves of the season," said Janssen. "We came out with energy and fight for the ball and played up to their physicality instead of backing off.

"Their goalkeeper continued to play well and robbed us of many goals, but ultimately could not stop the onslaught of pressure," continued Janssen. "Our two goals were a direct result of pressure on the goal, following the shot and giving everything until play was stopped. I am very proud of the way we played in the second half. If we can play like that for 80 minutes instead of just 40, we will be a tough match for any team. But this is a great win for our team and our program."

Monett will host Neosho on Monday. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m.



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