As the 2021-22 Missouri boys soccer regular season approaches an end, the Maryville Spoofhounds continue to elevate their play.
After a tough outing in the Kansas City Showcase Oct. 7-9, the ‘Hounds (11-4-1) came home with some frustration to unleash on conference opponents Savannah (3-13) Oct. 18 and Benton (4-11) Oct. 19.
Maryville started with a 4-0 victory over Savannah, led by senior forward Jacob Ferris, who recorded a hat trick. Sophomore midfielder Kason Teale had Maryville’s other goal.
The Spoofhounds’ next match was a rematch against Benton, a team they had beaten 4-0 Oct. 5 on the road.
When the game clock struck zero, it was the Spoofhounds who came away with the victory, this time 6-0.
For the second time in as many games, Ferris recorded a hat trick, and Teale scored a goal. They weren’t the only two ’Hounds to get in on the scoring action, though, as sophomore defender Boyd Gallaher and junior forward Maven Vette each scored a goal of their own.
But these two shutout wins weren’t the games the ‘Hounds were eyeing this week. They have bigger fish to catch in the desiderated MEC title, something the program hasn’t outright won since 2006.
“It’s really nice,” Teale said following the blowout win over Benton. “We have a great defense and a great keeper, and we’ve had a lot of people out to support us later in the year. And we’ve got a big game coming up for conference on Thursday.”
That big game is against Maryville’s final conference match of the year, which presents itself in the form of a matchup against MEC foe Lafayette (1-15), an opponent the ’Hounds beat 8-0 Sept. 27 and will face Oct. 21 in St. Joseph.
“I believe it’s very important for us to win this upcoming game.” said freshmen defender Dayne Henderson, who has filled in for injured senior defender Teagan Haer. “It would mean a lot to our team and school as a whole. We’re going to practice hard and play hard, 100% effort every day.”
“It’s really important to the entire team,” Teale said. “We already know that if we lose, we are going to share conference, but to win that game and just win conference by ourselves would be really nice.”
Following two shutout wins and playing a one-win team with a chance to clinch conference, the Spoofhounds’ confidence is at an all-time high, but being big favorites doesn’t always guarantee victory. It’s the story of David and Goliath, meaning wins are never guaranteed, and Maryville coach Chase Tolson knows that.
“We feel good about it, especially given that we are getting healthier and our guys are playing well, but you never know,” Tolson said. “We went down to Lafayette last year, and we had a close first half with them. So it’s hard to say how things are going to go for sure. Soccer is weird.”