MONETT — Laws in the United States, Canada, Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia require the phrase “objects in mirror are closer than they appear” to be engraved on passenger side mirrors of motor vehicles.

Well, that same phrase — only tweaked just a little bit — should apply to Thursday night’s soccer match between the visiting Neosho Wildcats and the host Monett Cubs at Burl Fowler Stadium.

See, in the end, Neosho took a 4-2 loss … however, it was a tie game until the 68th minute and then the Cubs took a pair of penalty kicks in the final 8:57 of the match.

Neosho senior goalkeeper Hank Selig, with 3:05 left on the clock, stopped Monett’s potent goal scorer Jason Puente from making it a 5-2 game with a save. Selig blocked the ball and then bounded in front of Puente to keep No. 16 from a hat trick.

The Wildcats had a rough final 12:09 of the match and the Cubs punched in two goals within a quick 3:12 span — Diego Deloera’s header and Puente’s penalty kick.

The teams exchanged goals early on in both halves.

In the first half, Monett’s Adrian Moncivaiz opened the scoring in the eighth minute and then, nearly four minutes later, Neosho’s Matias Ruiz tied it up at 1.

The score remained the same until Monett took a 2-1 lead just a couple minutes after halftime on Puente’s first goal of the night.

Of course, four minutes later, Neosho’s Hunter Gilliam tied it up, putting one past Monett freshman goalkeeper Joshua Patino after a superb pass from Ruiz.

Neosho dropped to 8-12 on the season and the Wildcats close out their regular season Tuesday on the road against Parkview.

Monett finished its regular season 19-5 overall and the Cubs — defending Class 2 state runner-ups — take a nine-match winning streak into the postseason.