To Logan-Rogersville High School soccer players Oscar Marten, Justus Roderick and Ryan Christopher, the past week should be considered a success.
After all, the Wildcats beat Webb City 4-2 in a nonconference match on Thursday, two days after forging a halftime tie against tradition-rich Springfield Catholic before suffering a 2-1 setback.
“We are not where we want to be, but I think we’re getting there with every game,” said Marten, a senior. “We could call this a success. Normally, we don’t play that well against Catholic, but I think we gave it our all and we played pretty good. And (Thursday’s win) just helps that success.”
Marten scored two goals against Webb City, with his first coming only 6:15 before the end of the first half. He also scored the final goal of the match in the final two minutes, with Christopher scoring just ahead of halftime and Cody Bledsoe netting a goal off a penalty kick early in the second half.
Call it a challenging match for Rogersville, which saw Webb City snake through its defense and score twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half. However, the Wildcats denied the Cardinals the tying goal, with Roderick knocking down four saves — including two in the final minutes.
“They kept pressuring at the top. Whenever they got to our half, they’d go hard. But our defense was doing pretty well,” said Roderick, a junior. “We held our heads and we did good under pressure with the clock going down.”
The victory showed a lot of resilience, as Rogersville coach Brett Wubbena saw it. He was hoping this would be the week his Wildcats surged. Despite losing to Catholic, he too called the week a success.
Mainly, in his eyes, there is progress — much-needed, given Rogersville was scheduled to play Webster County rival Marshfield on Tuesday night.
“I thought the Catholic game was entertaining,” Wubbena said. “I thought we played hard. It probably gave us some confidence. Catholic is a good team, and we hung with them.”
To the players, progress still must be made, particularly because Webb City managed to threaten Rogersville’s advantages in the second half.
“We realized that we have to come to play,” said Christopher, a junior, whose late first-half goal came after his over-shot corner kick found center back J.D. Kennedy, who crossed it back in and found Christopher. “We have to give it our all, no matter what. Even though we’ve had success against them in the past, we still have to be ready.”
Said Marten, the team’s only senior, “This is going to show us that we can’t slack off after halftime. We need to give it our all.”