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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Wildcats save best for last

  • In sort of a puzzling fashion, with 22:00 minutes left in Tuesday’s regular season finale at Lions Field, and seconds after a Parkview player was kicked out of the game for throwing punches at a Neosho player, Vikings coaches, in a fit of rage, called for a forfeit.
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  • In sort of a puzzling fashion, with 22:00 minutes left in Tuesday’s regular season finale at Lions Field, and seconds after a Parkview player was kicked out of the game for throwing punches at a Neosho player, Vikings coaches, in a fit of rage, called for a forfeit.
    They weren’t granted the request. Tough luck. Neosho blanked them anyway, 3-0.
    It was an interesting finish to the regular season for the Wildcats, but an impressive one nonetheless. They played well in every facet. The defense, led by an outstanding night by keeper Paul Sanders, was really good. Offensively, the team put together a string of good runs at the goal that put the pressure on the Vikings defense.
    “Our field vision was great tonight,” Wildcats coach Steve Schnackenberg said. “Dustin Hill had a great game, Taylor Gilliam got a start tonight and had a great game, we moved Jordan Linehan to a different position and he played really well. All of the regular starters … everyone played really well. Then the guys we put in, Landon Baker and Aaron Bishop, all came in and I think everybody played a great game tonight.
    “I hope that carries over Tuesday night against Carl Junction.”
    The Wildcats (10-9) take on Carl Junction (13-7), a team they’ve already defeated twice this season, at the Class 2, District 12 Tournament on Tuesday at Carl Junction at 7:30 p.m.
    Neosho’s first goal against Parkview came off the right foot of Angel Garcia after he broke loose with a one-on-one run against the keeper and tapped it past him at the top of the box to make it 1-0 with 18:00 left in the first half. After being pulled down by the keeper in the box, Taylor Gillam easily beat him on the ensuing penalty kick with 27:00 left in the game to make it 2-0.
    Once the fireworks were cleared and play resumed after the aforementioned haymakers, Nathan Scribner capped the evening with a right-footed boot in front of the net to make it 3-0 with 14:00 to go.
    The Wildcats were never in much danger.
    “I think we played one of our best games,” Schnackenberg said. “I know a lot of individuals for us did. It’s good to see because I know a lot of times at this point in the season things can get a bit stale, but it’s good to see the kids still working through it and showing up and working hard for us in practice.
    “Hopefully it shows in districts.”
    The Wildcats finished with 10 shots on goal to Parkview’s six. Sanders had six saves for the Wildcats.
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