Maryville girls soccer powered past Lafayette in its first conference game of the year.
The Spoofhounds mercy-ruled the Fighting Irish 10-0 Tuesday evening at Lafayette High School. The win moved Maryville to 2-1 on the season, with its lone loss coming at the hands of Grain Valley by a score of 9-0 March 26.
The Spoofhounds’ offensive outburst against the Fighting Irish started early, as sophomore Addison Hall scored Maryville’s first goal just four minutes into the match. Hall and fellow sophomore Morgan Pettlon scored two goals each in the first half to give Maryville a 4-0 lead going into the break.
Just seconds before the first half, Maryville coach Dale Reuter was visibly frustrated with the Hounds’ fundamentals, despite the wide margin in score.
“First half, I didn’t think we controlled the ball as well as we should have,” Reuter said. “We just don’t kick the ball out the back of the goal; you just don’t do that. That’s panicking… I voiced my frustration with that, and they responded.”
Reuter’s body language entering the second half more closely resembled a coach trailing by four goals, rather than leading by four. Whatever Reuter told his team in the halftime huddle must’ve resonated well with his team as the Hounds scored four goals within the first four minutes of the second half.
Hall scored her third goal of the game just minutes into the second half, securing her first career hat trick. In all, the Hounds scored six goals in less than 10 minutes in the second half, mercy-ruling Lafayette 10-0 with more than 30 minutes left on the clock.
“It’s nice to see (Hall) be successful,” Reuter said. “She had a very good freshman year last year. She’s been kind of struggling this year, and assistant coach George Kegode and I, we’ve been talking about that with her and trying to get her on that confidence train if we could. So for her personally, it was huge, as far as the team’s concerned, it’s huge to have her have that confidence.”
Hall reflected on the first hatty of her high school career and what the mercy rule win meant for the Hounds.
“It was good,” Hall said. “It’s nice to have my teammates help, and I wasn’t the only one (scoring) tonight, which was more exciting. I’ve had (hat tricks) in our fall leagues and other leagues, but not during our high school season, so that’s a first.”
For Hall, the game represented a career high-point. For Maryville, the game wrote the next chapter in what has been a unique season.
Maryville began the season with a dominant 4-0 victory versus Harrisonville, but took a step back on Monday with a 9-0 loss to Grain Valley, a game that Reuter described as “brutal.” The inconsistency for Maryville is partly due to the toughness of it’s early season schedule. Reuter purposely schedules Kansas City-area opponents early on to ensure the Hounds are ready for conference play.
“This was our first conference game, so we’re 1-0 in conference, and we really like that,” Reuter said. “We go to Savannah on Thursday, so we’re going to work hard tomorrow before we step in there with Savannah.”
The Hounds will look to move to 2-0 against Savannah March 29. Reuter will continue to hold his team to a high standard in the match and beyond.
“We work hard every day,” Reuter said. “We don’t just kick the ball around and hope for the best, we play soccer. That’s our game.”