Mus­tangs Fall Short In Dis­trict

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Peck

Neosho broke a 1-1 half­time score with two goals early in the sec­ond half and then had to hold on for a 3-2 win over McDon­ald County in the Mis­souri Class 3 Dis­trict 12 Boys’ Soc­cer Tour­na­ment on Oct. 24 at Neosho High

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Neosho broke a 1-1 half­time score with two goals early in the sec­ond half and then had to hold on for a 3-2 win over McDon­ald County in the Mis­souri Class 3 Dis­trict 12 Boys’ Soc­cer Tour­na­ment on Oct. 24 at Neosho High School.

Neosho took a 1-0 lead at the 24:38 mark of the first half on a goal by Brian Perez.

McDon­ald County tied the game at 1-1 with six min­utes left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion when Car­los Mar­cos knocked in a free kick from 30 yards out from along the left side­line.

But Neosho took the lead for good just five min­utes into the sec­ond half on a header by Yahir Ruiz off a cor­ner kick. The Wild­cats added an all-im­por­tant in­sur­ance goal four min­utes later on Perez’s sec­ond goal of the match.

McDon­ald County’s Eh Doh Say cut the lead to 3-2 with 6:40 left in the match on a mis­sile from 25 yards out in front of the Neosho goal.

McDon­ald County had a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal six min­utes, but Neosho kept the Mus­tangs from get­ting a qual­ity shot on goal.

“I thought we played re­ally well,” said coach James Carter. “It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to go down 3-1 and score a goal that late. I told the guys, if the roles had been re­versed, I don’t think any­body else would have had the heart to do that. Down 3-1 to a re­ally good team in a dis­trict game, it would have been easy to give up. Our kids don’t do that be­cause that is just not who they are. We got a late goal and had a cou­ple of chances at the end. It was a tough loss and the kids took it hard.”

Neosho recorded 16 shots in the match, while the Mus­tangs had 11. McDon­ald County goalie Ar­turo Mo­rales had seven saves, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of div­ing stops in the sec­ond half that gave the Mus­tangs a chance for the up­set.

McDon­ald County fin­ishes the

sea­son with a 6-11 record, just one win short of ty­ing the school record of seven wins which was set in the pro­gram’s first year in the fall of 2015.

“It’s pretty sim­ple to see our im­prove­ment when you com­pare scores from this year and the first two years of com­mon op­po­nents,” Carter said. “That’s a tes­ta­ment to the guys and how hard they work. They are very coach­able and that is what hap­pens when you’re older and more ex­pe­ri­enced. Even so, we still had seven or eight fresh­man or sopho­mores on the field against Neosho. That is crazy and it is not true of any other team. If these guys buy in and work hard in the off­sea­son, when they are ju­niors and se­niors it will be their time. I think we will con­tinue to im­prove.

“The next step, in­stead of get­ting close against some of these good teams, is to beat one of them. That is the next step. A lot of times in ath­let­ics you want to skip a step — of go­ing from not re­ally be­ing able to com­pete to beat­ing them — and it just doesn’t work like that. We have gone from where these teams would just han­dle us to where we are com­pet­ing ev­ery game. Our hope was to skip a step, but that is just not the case. It was a re­ally good year; we just have to build on what we did this year. This was by far the best team we have ever had as far as tal­ent goes and as well as how they got along. We re­ally ham­mered the kids on be­ing com­mit­ted and dis­ci­plined and I think that re­ally showed.”

“It was a re­ally good year; we just have to build on what we did this year. This was by far the best team we have ever had as far as tal­ent goes and as well as how they got along. We re­ally ham­mered the kids on be­ing com­mit­ted and dis­ci­plined and I think that re­ally showed.”

James Carter

MHS Soc­cer Coach

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO THE MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County’s Jeobany Mar­cos (left) and team­mate Eh Doh Say try to get around Neosho’s Diego Var­gas dur­ing the Mus­tangs’ 3-2 loss on Oct. 24 in the open­ing round game of the Mis­souri Class 3 Dis­trict 12 Boys Soc­cer Tour­na­ment at Neosho High School.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County’s Jaw Di gets past Neosho’s Ce­sar Piedras­anta dur­ing Neosho’s 3-2 win on Oct. 24 in dis­trict soc­cer ac­tion at Neosho High School.

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