Neosho junior forward Jacob Humphrey had himself quite a night on Tuesday as he led the Wildcats soccer team to a 5-2 victory over Central Ozark Conference foe Webb City at Lions Field.
Humphrey was a factor in every Wildcat goal as he scored four times had an assist in the victory.
Humphrey got things started at the 24:00 mark in the first half when he scored to make it 1-0. He added his second goal eight minutes later on an assist from senior Aaron Bishop to make it 2-0 going into the half.
Humphrey wasted no time polishing off his hat trick with his third goal four minutes into the second half, before adding another at the 64:00 mark. He later chipped in an assist when sophomore Sean Drewery scored to cap it. Webb City’s lone goal game in the second half.
The Wildcats (4-7, 1-4 conference) dominated the game from start to finish as they turned in 20 shots on goal to Webb City’s six. The score could have been much worse, too, but the Wildcats missed on more than one close shot, including hitting the crossbar in the first half. Regardless, they regrouped and finished off the win.
“Tonight we stuck with it,” Wildcats coach Steve Schnackenberg said. “We just kept working and (the goals) finally came. We’ve been creating chances in games, but we just haven’t been getting them finished. Tonight we finally did.”
Schnackenberg said Humphrey’s performance was clutch for his team.
“It was a good night for him,” Schnackenberg said. “We needed a good night like tonight. The kids have been working hard in practice and we’ve been close (in games). We’ve outplayed teams lately, but have been having trouble getting over the hump. Hopefully we’re starting to come together here a little bit.”
Brandon Coyle picked up the win in goal for the Wildcats recording three saves.
The Wildcats tied with the Cardinals in the B game, 1-1.
After a late Cardinals goal in the first half, Neosho tied it up 14:00 into the second half on a goal by Levi Jones. Neosho out-shot the Cardinals 19-6 in the game. Logan Merrell and Mario Reyes split time at keeper for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are back in action at the Joplin Tournament, where they’ll take on Carl Junction at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Joplin Athletic Complex.