Lady Cubs soccer makes history

Friday, April 10, 2015
Senior Tara Hancock positions herself to get a head on the ball during the Lady Cubs' first home win on Tuesday. Jared Lankford/

Monett heads to Ozark Shootout

Propelled by their first win of the season, the Lady Cubs soccer team storms into tonight's first-round match of the Ozark Shootout against Republic with renewed confidence.

"We'll play Republic tonight and then Logan-Rogersville tomorrow," said Dan Janssen, Monett coach. "The girls are excited to get back on the field and try to extend their win total."

Monett's Leslie Izaguirre prepares to send the ball out of the Lady Cubs' zone during varsity action on Tuesday. Jared Lankford/

Janssen said his teams have usually played well against Republic and Logan-Rogersville, but the scoreboards have not reflected the efforts.

"Both of those teams have found the back of our net plenty of times," Janssen said. "I think we'll have a better showing this year."

Monett made history on Tuesday, earning its first varsity win at home with a 2-1 decision over New Covenant.

"It was good to get the win-less monkey off our back," Janssen said. "The win was what these girls needed to keep the fire of playing hard going."

All season long, the Lady Cubs have improved upon their play, but did not have a win to show for their hard work, according to their coach.

While in the grand scheme of things, it is just one victory, for Monett it was the culmination of a season's progression.

"We needed this win for our confidence," Janssen said. "As a coach, you can encourage your team [and] tell them how much they are improving, but a win shows a tangible result that isn't learned from a loss."

Senior Janie Salas opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then scored again in the 33rd minute.

Janssen credited the New Covenant goalie with holding the Lady Cubs to just two goals.

"We put a ton of shots on their goal and she kept making plays," Janssen said. "You have to give her credit. I was proud of our ability to keep the pressure on them during the match."

The game plan does not change for Monett going forward.

"We still need to work on capitalizing on our scoring chances," Janssen said. "But, now we know we are capable of playing a complete game."

Monett and Republic kick off at 5 p.m.

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