For the first 15 minutes, Monett was outplayed by Cassville.
"I told the boys that we were going to have to weather a storm to start the game," said Monett coach Dan Janssen. "We had the sun in our eyes to start the game and they had the wind at their back. I was proud of the way our defense stepped up."
The Wildcats threw a furious assault at the Cubs' goal. Cassville was awarded five corner kicks and had seven shots on goal during the first 15 minutes of play.
Monett struck first on a breakaway goal in the 16th minute. Misael Cordero took a pass from Eddie Aceves and buried the ball in the corner of the net to give Monett a 1-0 lead.
Cassville almost answered back a minute later but Zach McGuffey's shot just caught enough of the side post to spin outside of the goal line instead of carrying over the line to score.
The Wildcats struggled to get back on defense after the missed goal and Monett took advantage as Luis Gonzales found open net on a pass from Jario Rueda.
Monett took a 3-0 lead at the 23rd minute mark when Cordero centered a pass to Francisco Morales.
Disaster struck the Wildcats in the 26th minute when Kendal Branham was assessed a red card for using his hands to deny a goal.
The penalty was a double-edged sword for Cassville, a good defensive player for the Wildcats had to leave the field and Cassville had to play the remainder of the game a man down.
Monett added three more goals from Rueda, Jorge Aceves and Gonzales before halftime and took a 6-0 lead into intermission.
"We got the start we wanted to begin the game and then we just lost focus," said Cassville coach Andrew Hoskins. "We need to use this game as a bookmark. We want to reflect on it and learn from our mistakes. We didn't focus at all tonight."
To Cassville's credit the Wildcats didn't go down without a fight.
Despite the six-goal deficit Wildcat striker David Verde scored two goals, one in the 55th minute and the other in the 71st minute, but the extra running trying to makeup for the odd-man difference took its toll on Cassville and Monett pulled away with four goals to secure victory.
"I thought the Cassville players did a good job of covering for the missing man," said Janssen. "Both teams played very hard in the second half. We just had more breaks."