Maryville soccer got back to its winning ways after a dominating victory over conference rival Lafayette High School.
Before the matchup with Lafayette, Maryville (6-2-1) received a heartbreaking loss to conference opponent Chillicothe.
The Sept. 18 match against Chillicothe could be the eye-opening experience that gives the Spoofhounds the push they need to finish out the regular season on a high note. While the ‘Hounds lost in dramatic fashion with Chillicothe scoring the winning goal in overtime, it showed Maryville where the weaker parts of its game were at.
“It was the first real game where we were tested, and it showed,” senior forward Thomas DiStefano said. “We realized we weren’t as good as we thought we were, so we got back into practice, grinded out our mistakes and turned into the team we knew we could be.”
The Spoofhounds accomplished an impressive feat for the sport of soccer by defeating the Fighting Irish 10-0 Sept. 24. DiStefano led the way scoring four of the ‘Hounds 10 goals while landing five assists. Junior midfielder Jaden Hays scored three while fellow junior Jaxson Petlon and seniors Mason Walk and Brendan Ware all scored one.
“We played our game against the Lafayette team,” coach Dale Reuter said. “We took the tough loss to Chillicothe in last week’s match as a learning experience and we came out and executed our style of play. When we do that, things tend to work out for us.”
This win was a huge confidence booster for the Spoofhounds as they head into the Oct. 2 duel with another conference foe in St. Joseph-Benton. The Cardinals haven’t proved to be much of a test for Maryville all season, but Reuter wants to make sure his team comes to play.
“Benton is another team that is doing OK in conference, but they have had their moments this year,” Reuter said. “We need to go out and control the ball, pass and get through that game and come out with another conference victory.”
Something that the Spoofhounds have looked forward to much of the season is the Kansas City Showcase soccer tournament in Grandview, Missouri, Oct. 5-6. The ‘Hounds will take on the much larger Carthage Tigers and East High School Bears (Kansas City).
“The KC Showcase is going to be a really good test for us,” Reuter said. “Both teams will push us pretty well and take us to our limit of what we can do, and I think this is very beneficial right before heading into district soccer.”
Reuter has made it clear that outstanding senior leadership is going to be vital when coming down the stretch of the 2018 soccer season and have given them the reigns to lead this team. DiStefano has made it clear of what he wants to accomplish with the rest of this season and this mindset has rubbed off on him.
“I just want to be known as the team that was dominant when we played and held nothing back,” DiStefano said. “I want the Maryville Spoofhounds to be a team that opponents respect on and off the field.”