Pushed harder than it had been all season in its previous match with Bishop LeBlond, the Maryville girls soccer team faced very little resistance from Benton Tuesday.
In a match that was called at halftime, the Lady Hounds demolished Benton 13-0 at the Hound Pound for their seventh consecutive win to open the season.
Seemingly immune to let-downs, Maryville (7-0) set a new season-high for goals and posted its sixth straight shutout. The Hounds have now outscored their first seven opponents 61-2.
"Cassie (Holtman) had mentioned about three weeks ago, she said 'ladies, let's play every game as if we we're playing against Smithville," said Maryville head Bayo Oludaja. "I had to remind them of that yesterday. I usually tell them don't take anything for granted, but I think she put it well. They all have that expectation, so they come out that way. I think that's helped them so far."
Maryville averaged roughly a goal every three minutes and its longest gap without one was 9:02.
The Lady Hounds scored four times in the first seven minutes and eight in the first 14.
Eight different Hound players scored in the match and four had multi-goal games.
Sophomore Ashton Reuter netted a hat trick by the 13th minute, while Alyssa Stiens, freshman Mollie Holtman and freshman reserve Madison Haile had a pair of goals.
Scoring once each were Cassie Holtman, Nicole Bickford, Aubrey Kimble and Gabby Church.
Emily Meyers assisted on two goals. Mollie Holtman, Cassie Holtman, Stiens, Emily Meyers, Naima Msechu and Abby Van de Ven all had one assist.
"We talked about our passes and just making sure we set them up," said Oludaja. "We worked on a few shooting drills yesterday. To be honest, I wasn't really pleased with the way we finished some of the goals. Some of them were good, but others were just not what I expected. I know they can do better."
Maryville opened the scoring in the third minute with a goal by Stiens on an assist from Mollie Holtman.
Reuter scored in the fourth minute and Stiens got her second goal in the fifth.
Mollie Holtman finished the next two goals to make it 5-0 in the 11th minute. The next two came in the 13th minute, both from Reuter, to extend the lead to 7-0.
Cassie Holtman registered her only goal in the 14th minute followed by one from Bickford in the 23rd.
Within 30 seconds of Bickford's goal, Kimble scored to make it 10-0.
Church banged home a shot 50 seconds later for an 11-0 lead.
Haile scored Maryville's final two goals in the 30th and 39th minutes.
Page 2 of 2 - The first was assisted by Cassie Holtman who preserved the shutout in net, taking the place of Shannon Johnson.
"To be able to get everybody on the bench in and still not a concede a goal (was most pleasing)," said Oludaja. "I know we have some depth. Just to be able to see that in a game like this is nice."
Maryville concludes the week with another match that's been historically easy for them against Kansas City Northeast Thursday at 4 p.m.
It's Maryville's final home game until the regular season finale May 9 with Chillicothe.