Maryville soccer ended its historic postseason run with a crushing loss to its Midland Empire Conference rival Oct. 30.
On a cold, dreary day in October, two schools battled on the soccer field for one thing: a chance to move on to play state quarterfinal soccer. The Spoofhounds (12-4-1) came into the game as the home team and the favorite, winning the previous conference matchup with St. Pius X 4-2 Oct. 11.
The first half of this sectional matchup was nail biting as both teams had many close shots on their opponent’s goals, but came without a tally on the scoreboard. As the Maryville rain fell both on the grass and the soccer ball, touches and passing became more and more sloppy as the match drug on.
As the 40-minute horn sounded and the half time whistle blew, both teams walked off the field wondering what the answer was to break the 0-0 tie and score.
The ‘Hounds and Warriors (8-9-2) trudged out of their halftime huddles knowing that it could be the last 40 minute half of the season. Through the first 13 minutes of the second half, the match seemed to be much of the same as the minutes before. Pius X finally broke the tie with a goal coming in the 53rd minute scored off a free kick.
Maryville received very few opportunities to equalize throughout the final 27 minutes of the match and fell 1-0 to the Warriors.
“If we could’ve gone just a little bit longer and kept them out of the goal, we were going to get one of ours to fall,” coach Dale Reuter said. “We were getting our shots and the opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize and that’s the name of the game sometimes.”
While the Spoofhounds fell in a heartbreaking sectional loss ending their season, the 2018 soccer team became the first team in program history to clinch both a conference title and a district title in the same season.
“We have accomplished this season what many others haven’t and I couldn’t be more proud of the boys,” Reuter said. “To coach a team that started as eleven individuals and ended as a family is how I know I succeeded as a coach.