Justin Staples

Sophomore Justin Staples inbounds a corner kick in the Spoofhounds' 5-0 MSHSAA Class 2 District 16 Championship win over Savannah Oct. 25. It is Maryville's first district title since 2015.

Maryville soccer has accomplished a feat that hasn’t happened since the 2015 season and it came without any resistance with a 5-0 win over Savannah Oct. 25.

On a cold, rainy day, the Spoofhounds (12-3-1) took the field against Savages (11-8) who were not only their conference rival but a team that wanted the same thing that they did: a district championship. The winner got the opportunity to move on to sectional play while the other had to go home and search for the answers as to what went wrong.

“The key to this game is being there before and knowing that it can happen,” coach Dale Reuter said. “Taking what you’ve learned from them and putting it into a practical use and that’s what we did.”

Although the match was held in a deadlock through much of the first half, junior Jayden Hayes finally broke through Savannah’s defenses and scored, gaining the momentum for the ‘Hounds in the. The momentum was never put back into the hands of the Savages as senior Thomas DiStefano knocked in a goal of his own to give Maryville the 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

As both teams came out of the locker rooms to play the second half of this Class 2 District 16 title game, the Spoofhounds wanted to quickly put this game out of reach. DiStefano scored his second goal of the game just five minutes into the second half and showed no signs of letting off of the gas pedal.

Freshman Jacob Ferris recorded the fourth goal of the game in the 54th minute and the dream was quickly fading away from the Savages, hopeful of a second-half comeback. With less than two minutes left to play DiStefano recorded his third goal of the game and successfully completed the hat trick to seal the deal for the ‘Hounds.

“It seems so surreal to me that I’m going to pinch myself later,” Reuter said. “It’s something that has been coming for a long time and I’m just so proud and happy for the boys.”

Maryville’s next game will be Oct. 30 against St. Pius X (7-9-2) in the sectional round of the MSHSAA Class 2 Boys State Championship Tournament.

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