After losing to the Cassville Wildcats in the season opener a year ago, the Neosho boys’ soccer team was intent on revenge Tuesday when it opened with that same Cassville team at Lions Field in Neosho.
This time it was Neosho who had the last laugh, besting Cassville 8-2 in front of a large crowd.
Neosho played about as well as it could have hoped. It jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half before adding five additional goals in the second to win it going away.
Jacob Humphrey got the scoring party started with a goal on an assist from birthday boy Sean Drewery in the 10th minute to make it 1-0. Diego Maldonado added another goal in the 28th minute on a direct kick from 20 yards out before Nathan Scribner booted a shot over the keeper from 25 yards to make it 3-0 five minutes before the half.
Neosho opened the scoring in the second half when Drewery punched on in at the 45-minute mark. Cassville added its first goal in the 47th to make it 4-1 before Drewery made it 5-1 with his second goal of the game in the 49th minute.
After another Cassville goal, Neosho’s Ali Ramirez scored back-to-back goals on a pair of assists from Scribner to make it 7-2. Dylan Poore, playing in his first varsity game, capped the score with his first varsity goal in the 76th minute to make it 8-2.
“We started to answer a few questions,” Wildcats coach Steve Schnackenberg said. “It’s the first game, but we had some guys that we were wondering how they would do once they got on the playing field and they played well. At one point we had all freshmen and sophomores on the field except one (player), and we were still playing well. That’s exciting.”
Neosho blasted 21 shots on goal while holding Cassville to eight. Brandon Coyle had one save for the Wildcats.
Neosho also won the B game 5-0.
Levi Jones scored two goals while Francisco Reyes, Poore and Blake Peoples each scored a goal apiece for the Wildcats.
Neosho (1-0) travels to Springfield Central at 5 p.m. Thursday.