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Monett cruises into district final

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Clearing the ball. Monett defender Jorge Aceves works to strip the ball from Aurora midfielder Trystan Thompson during the Oct. 20 district semi-final game. [Chuck Nickle Photography]
The top-seeded Monett Cubs soccer team (13-12) breezed into the Class 1, District 12 championship game with a 9-1 victory over the Aurora Houn' Dawgs (5-16) on Oct. 30.

"It was a group effort tonight," said Monett coach Dan Janssen. "We want to take it one game at a time and we knew we had to win this game to earn another."

Monett sophomore Jairo Rueda, supplied the offensive firepower with four goals and one assist.

Setting up a teammate. Eddie Aceves, a junior at Monett High School collected two assists and a goal in the Cubs 9-1 victory over Aurora in the Class 1, District 12 semi-final. [Chuck Nickle Photography]
Rueda put the Cubs on the board six minutes into the contest, and added goals in the 22nd, 46th and 60th minutes.

The Cubs controlled the flow and pace of the game all night.

Misael Cordero powered a kick into the net in the 15th miunte to give the Cubs a 2-0 edge and Eddie Aceves made the score 4-0 in the 26th minute off a Will Snider assist. Aceves also collected two assists for the purple and gold.

Luis Gonzalez (37th minute), Efrain Ceniceros (66th minute) and Nathan Webb (79th minute) also scored goals for Monett.

Freshman Blake McMasters scored the Houns' lone goal in the 38th minute.

"We know we have to play a little better on the defensive end heading into the championship," said Jannsen. "Cassville will be looking for some payback."

The third-seed Cassville Wildcats upset second-seed College Heights Cougars 3-2 in double-overtime to advance to the championship game.

The Cougars led 2-0 in the second half, but a David Verde penalty kick and Kendal Branham goal sent the game into extra time.

Verde buried a 20-yard free kick into the right side of the net with less than three-minutes remaining in the second overtime frame.

Cassville's win over College Heights was the first in four tries for the Wildcats this season.

Senior night

Monett High School honored nine seniors on Oct. 23 in their final home match against Carl Junction.

The Cubs downed the Bulldogs 1-0 off a goal by Cordero in the 65th minute.

"It was a hard fought game, but we controlled the tempo and the pace of the game," said Janssen. "The second half we came alive and we out played CJ. We had lots of shots that were just off the mark, but we kept firing away and we were able to beat CJ for the first time in two years. It was a great way to send out our seniors and get a quality win against a very good team."

The district title game is set for tonight at 5 p.m. in Cassville

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