MHS soccer

Maryville High School sophomore Truett Haer kicks the ball away during their Varsity soccer game against St. Pius X High School on Oct. 26. The Spoofhounds were down 0-2 by halftime.

As Maryville boys soccer prepares for the MSHSAA Class 1 District 8 Tournament Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Bearcat Pitch, the Spoofhounds are doing anything and everything to put themselves in position to keep their season alive. 

No. 1-seeded Maryville (4-4) will start its postseason quest against the No. 4 seed, Cameron.

“We have to focus on passing in practice and better first touches," Maryville coach Chase Tolson said. We are also working on positioning and making sure we are in the right spot when the ball is moving around the field."

With less than a week until districts, the team is focused on making sure everyone is healthy and prepared for the game. The Spoofhounds are making sure that no one missed a step after having to quarantine the past couple of weeks.

“The main goal is making sure we are in shape coming out of quarantine and shaking off the rust from the quarantine.” Tolson said, “Other than that, we are still focusing on positioning and what type of movement we need to make when we are attacking to set ourselves up for the best possible chances.”

With the district game against the Dragons on Halloween, the Spoofhounds are taking a little bit of a different approach to how they are running practices. 

The team is focused on keeping the energy high but is still looking for ways to make sure everyone remains healthy.

“How we run practice depends on the day. This weekend was high intensity, going 100% all practice, shaking off the dust, and today was lighter after the game last night to make sure the players are recovering well,” Tolson said. “Doing both allows us to make sure we are rested but also ensures that we are ready to go and hit the ground running when the clock starts this weekend.”

In preparation for the game against Cameron, junior midfielder Spencer Willnerd is set on getting the team in the right frame of mind. Willnerd said the team needs to be prepared for the games, and he is taking it into his own hands to make it happen.

“I am focused on getting everyone focused on the Cameron game,” Willnerd said. “I am just trying to get everyone mentally ready, getting everyone up in spirits after the loss on Monday and getting them ready to play this weekend.”

Amid trying to focus on Cameron, the Spoofhounds are looking to play more together and get back on track to make a run at the district title. Even though it will be a long road, the Spoofhounds are confident they can make a run deep into the playoffs.

“To give us the best chance at a win, we will need to work together and think as a team,” Willnerd said. “I think we are ready for districts and that we are ready to go. I think we have a good chance of going a long way.”

Should Maryville secure a win over Cameron, the Spoofhounds will face the winner of the match between Lutheran (Kansas City) and Cristo Rey. The district championship will be Nov. 2 at Bearcat Pitch. 

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