Following a weekend in which they suffered their second loss of the season against St. Charles West in the Hannibal tournament, the Spoofhounds righted the ship, winning their second consecutive game to remain perfect in conference play.
Maryville girls soccer continued its winning ways Tuesday afternoon against the Midland Empire Conference (MEC) rival Chillicothe Lady Hornets. The Spoofhounds (9-2, 3-0 MEC) handily beat Chillicothe 6-1.
Over the weekend in Hannibal, Maryville went 2-1 to place third in the tournament, defeating Rosati-Kain and Parkway Central in the first and third rounds, respectively.
Entering their matchup with Chillicothe, the Spoofhounds had not lost a game in which they had scored a goal, with their only losses coming in the form of shutouts. The bizarre and impressive statistic held true after 80 minutes of soccer came and went against the Lady Hornets.
The game started on a note in which the Spoofhounds are unaccustomed to, with their opponent scoring just 30 seconds into the game. Down 1-0 early, Maryville settled in and didn’t look back.
“I didn’t get too excited when they (Chillicothe) scored in the first 22 seconds,” Reuter said. “(Chillicothe) showed what they had real quick, and we figured out what we needed to do. We made a couple changes real quick, got the team settled down and just started playing Maryville ball.”
Moments after senior Lydia Mitchell tied the game early in the first half for Maryville, sophomore standout Morgan Pettlon’s first goal of the evening gave the Spoofhounds a lead they would not surrender.
“It was definitely a wake-up call,” Mitchell said. “I think they caught us off guard. We went into the game really feeling like we could win; they just made a good play, but we recovered.”
In all, the Spoofhounds scored six unanswered goals, five of which came off the foot of Pettlon. The sophomore has consistently led the way offensively for Maryville this season, now with 26 goals in 11 games.
“She’s been consistent,” Reuter said of Pettlon. “I told her at halftime I was going to give her seven minutes, she had four (goals) at the time. I gave her 11 minutes, and she did what she could. I really like her confidence this year.”
Perhaps the most impressive facet of Maryville’s latest offensive outburst is the team it came against. Entering the matchup with the Spoofhounds, Chillicothe had shutout six of their nine opponents, and had allowed just one goal to another.
A defensively stout team by any measure, Chillicothe was battered by the Spoofhounds’ offense regardless.
Much of the Spoofhounds offense can be accredited to the dynamic duo of Pettlon and Mitchell. The pair has served as a lethal one-two punch for Maryville.
“Those two played all summer long together,” Reuter said. “They knew the secret to success this year was to have them on the same page.”
Pettlon and Mitchell will look to the lead the Spoofhounds to another victory in the first round of the North Kansas City tournament at Staley High School April 19.