It took the Lady Hound soccer team a little over four minutes of second half action to end a match they badly wanted to be done with by halftime.
Playing in the most miserable of conditions, Maryville finally got to head for warmth when junior midfielder Cassie Holtman scored on a free kick to give the Lady Hounds a 10-0 win over Kansas City Northeast Thursday at MHS.
It was the only goal of an abbreviated second half that was required after Maryville scored nine times in the first half—one short of what was needed for the mercy-rule.
"I thought it would be over by then, but the first half, for some reason we just didn't find our feet," said Maryville head coach Bayo Oludaja. "We had those chances and they just kept going to the goalie. When we had our halftime talk, everybody wanted to just get it done. This is the first time personally I have felt 'okay, let's just get it done and go home. It's to the advantage of everybody."
Maryville's final home match until May 9 was played in 30 degree temperatures, with a biting wind and snow flurries that picked up in intensity late in the first half.
The winter-like conditions made it tougher on the Lady Hounds to control their shots and led to longer gaps between scoring than normal against an opponent like Kansas City Northeast.
Maryville scored just once in the first 12 minutes and twice in the last 13.
"The first wave of people I sent in I was like 'what is the deal?,' what is happening?'" said Oludaja. "It took us about 10 minutes to get the first two goals. That shouldn't happen. I thought after that, everybody felt 'we are just not doing what we should do, so let's get something done.'"
Senior forward Alyssa Stiens scored Maryville's first two goals and their fourth in the 18th minute off a corner for another hat trick. Sophomore forward Ashton Reuter, freshman forward Mollie Holtman and Cassie Holtman each finished with a pair of goals.
The lone remaining goal and perhaps the nicest came from sophomore Maddie Jones who along with Mollie Holtman and Naima Msechu had an assist.
Four of Maryville's first half goals came in a six minute stretch and increased their lead to 5-0 in the 19th minute.
Mollie Holtman made it 6-0 in the 25th minute on a goal assisted by Jones.
Less than two minutes later, Jones blasted a shot from the left wing to the far post to make it 7-0.
Rebounding her own shot, Mollie Holtman scored again in the 30th minute. Maryville's final first half goal came from Reuter on a follow of her own shot in the 37th minute.
Page 2 of 2 - Cassie Holtman's game-ending goal was initiated by a handball that allowed a free kick from close range. Her shot went uncontested.
Maryville takes an 8-0 record and a streak of seven consecutive shutouts into its toughest portion of the schedule that begins next week with a road match against Chilicothe.
Next weekend, the Lady Hounds go to the North Kansas City Tournament where they lost one of their two regular season matches last year.
"We know that we are really going to have to be at our best from now on," said Oludaja. "That's what we want to be concentrating on tomorrow and Monday."