Monett falls in semifinal, 1-0
Cubs to play Pembroke Hills for 3rd on Saturday
FENTON – The shots were there for the Monett soccer team, but the goal was not, as the Cubs fell 1-0 to John Burroughs in the Class 2 semifinal on Friday.
Monett entered the game with visions of avenging a 2016 state title loss to the Bombers and advancing to the school’s second state title matchup.
Monett matched the physicality of the Bombers, however, the Cubs’ defense, focused on taking away the triangle attack, opened themselves up to streaking forwards.
The Bombers missed two connections, but on their third run of the first half, John Gates broke free. Joshua Patino challenged the John Burroughs senior and missed, leaving him with an open goal in the 34th minute.
Monett regrouped at halftime and was the aggressor in the second half. The Cubs outshot John Burroughs 14-12 and 8-6 in the second 40 minutes.
Monett’s aggression was also demonstrated in the fact they picked up seven fouls from the Bombers in the second half.
The Cubs put five shots on goal with two from Esvin Merida and one each from Loger Rodriguez, Johnie Perez and Jason Puente, however, John Burroughs keeper John Nash was up to the task each time.
Monett will not have long to dwell on the results, as the squad will be back in action on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the third-place game against Pembroke Hill. The Raiders fell 1-0 to St. Charles West.