A brief but forceful early evening rainstorm caused Maryville's Senior Night match with Chillicothe Thursday to start 20 minutes late.
Within the first five minutes of the second half, the Lady Hounds dictated an early ending, scoring four quick goals to finish off a 10-0 win over the Hornets on what turned into a nice night at MHS.
The Lady Hounds were at their best during this stretch, making all the right passes and finishing every shot they put on frame.
Junior midfielder Cassie Holtman assisted on the second of Maryville's four second half goals and scored the last one unassisted in the 45th minute.
"At halftime we talked about what happened in the second part of the first half when they started moving the ball and working together," said Maryville head coach Bayo Oludaja. "I told them that's what I wanted to do in the second half. In less than five minutes, they got it done. That was because they moved the ball. They kept their passes simple and they also cooperated. They worked as a team."
Duplicating the result from Tuesday's 10-0 win over Savannah, the Lady Hounds closed the regular season at 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the MEC. They also sent their six seniors out on a winning note in their final home match.
One of those—forward Alyssa Stiens—scored two goals and assisted on two others. Another—defender Nicole Bickford—had a first half assist and helped prevent senior keeper Shannon Johnson from facing a single shot on goal.
The rest of Maryville's goals and assists came from the younger trio of sophomore Ashton Reuter, freshman Mollie Holtman and Cassie Holtman, a junior.
Reuter scored a season-high five goals, finishing two with her left leg. She had another called back with six seconds left in the first half on an offsides penalty.
Mollie Holtman totaled three assists and one goal, while Cassie scored twice and had an assist.
Seven of Maryville's 10 goals were scored after the 30th minute of the match. Three of those came in the last 10 minutes of the first half and the next four in the first five of the second half.
"It took us some time to get it going," said Oludaja. "After we had the first and second goal, there was a lull there. After about the 20th minute, we started picking it up. That's what we talked about at halftime. Look what happened during that last half of the first half and just to make it work."
Reuter got Maryville on the board in the fifth minute with an unassisted goal.
She also scored Maryville's second goal in the ninth minute, using the side of her foot to re-direct a pass from Mollie Holtman into the net.
Page 2 of 2 - In the 20th minute, Chillicothe's center defender whiffed on a through ball, allowing Stiens a break-away opportunity she converted to make it 3-0.
It was Stiens again scoring in the 31st minute to give Maryville a 4-0 lead.
Reuter turned inside and blasted Maryville's next goal in the 35th minute. Cassie Holtman lobbed a direct kick over a defenseless Hornet keeper with 1:57 left to complete the first half scoring.
Retuer connected twice more within the first three minutes of the second half, while Cassie and Mollie Holtman scored the other two goals.
Cassie set up Mollie for the first one with a pinpoint send from midfield that gave just enough room for a quick shot in front of the goalie.
"That's her role as a central mid," said Oludaja. "She's got to deliver the ball well and help us connect well. All of them work together well. It's beautiful to see."
Maryville could see Chillicothe again Monday in the semifinals of the Class 1 District 16 Tournament. The Lady Hounds are the No. 1 seed and face the winner of Cameron/Chillicothe in Cameron.
Awaiting them in the finals is either St. Pius X or Bishop LeBlond.
"I would hope to see the same thing happen at least on Monday whether we face them or Cameron," said Oludaja. "We should just go in and just play our best. If we move the ball like we did today, then we should be able to get it done early then be ready for LeBlond or St. Pius X."