The Cassville Wildcats clipped the Monett Cubs 3-2 in district soccer action Tuesday night.
"I am very proud of our season," said Monett coach Dan Janssen. "We have grown a lot as a team and played very unselfishly throughout the year. My main goals this year were to improve our team character, passing and offense. We improved in all areas."
Monett took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Jario Rueda scored off a Travis Thompson assist.
Cassville showed impressive desire in the second half, scoring goals in the 43rd and 47th minutes.
Eddie Aceves tied the game 2-2 in the 54th minute off a Thompson pass, but the Wildcats countered with a goal one minute later to provide the margin of victory.
"We learned the value of playing with intensity this year and saw how that can win us games that are close," said Janssen. "Both teams played their hearts out last night, but only one could win. The top three teams in our district are so close; this was really anybody's district to win, but this was not our year."
Despite the loss the Cubs had a great season. Monett scored 20 more goals than last year and had four players with 10 or more goals.
"In the offseason, our kids need to keep active and hit the weight room," said Janssen. "We got to a good point in our conditioning this year, but we need to keep building from it and not have to go back to square one next August.
"A lot of our kids eat, sleep and breathe soccer, so I know they will be playing a lot," continued Janssen. "The kids who improved the most from last season worked hard all spring and summer to do so, and we need our returning players to do this. Next season, we will be returning most of our offense but losing most of our defense, so we will be looking for kids to step up and take those spots next year."
Monett finished the season at an even 11-11.