Maryville boys soccer’s season ended with a loss in the MSHSAA Class 1 quarterfinals Nov. 10 to Lone Jack.
Despite not having the result they ultimately wanted, the Spoofhounds aren’t hanging their head.
“We are happy with what we accomplished this season,” coach Chase Tolson said. “At the beginning of the year, we set a goal to make a run at a district championship, to develop individual players and to teach our players to play a different brand of soccer than they are used to. We feel like we accomplished these things.”
The Spoofhounds finished with a 6-5 record and a Class 1 District 8 championship. There are a lot of positives the team is taking into account about this year, but there are a couple of things the team wishes they could’ve done differently — or really done at all.
“The biggest thing I would have changed would have been for us to have more games this season, but that was out of our control because of COVID,” Tolson said. “It’s hard to get in a groove, develop team chemistry and learn how to play when you are only playing one game every two weeks.”
Maryville may have missed the chance at a state title this year, but that doesn’t mean the Spoofhounds can’t take away some good from this year, Tolson said. He said the team is still very good and thinks they’ll be back to the same point next year, possibly further.
“We want the guys to remember the style of soccer we were starting to play at the end of the
season — quick passes, fewer touches and less dribbling,” Tolson said. “We are very excited to have all of our starters back but one and think we can be even better next year.”
With the season coming to an end, there is still something that the players can take away from this year, Tolson said.
“We want them to know that we’re proud of the season they had, not just for winning a district
title but for the effort they put in each day and for the massive improvement each player made,” Tolson said. “We hope they can hold on to the things we taught them and pick up where we left off next year.”
In the end, the Spoofhounds came up short in the quarterfinal game, capping off a season they weren’t exactly sure would even happen. Now, the Spoofhounds turn their sights to the offseason, when they’ll improve on their shortcomings to make another run in the postseason.