The best season in Maryville girls soccer history ended Saturday with a 4-2 loss to No. 3-ranked O'Hara in the Class 1 quarterfinals at MHS.
O'Hara (18-3) scored the first three goals of the match within 17 minutes and kept the No. 4-ranked Hounds from ever getting closer than two.
The victorious Celtics advanced to the Class 1 Final Four to play Duchesne in the semifinals Friday in Blue Springs. Maryville finished at 17-4.
This was the program's first time playing in a state quarterfinal match. The Lady Hounds won their first-ever playoff game earlier in the week over Pembroke Hill 3-2.
Maryville encountered its first deficit of the postseason nine minutes into its match with O'Hara on a goal by MacKenzie Champion.
The Celtics scored again in the 14th minute when Hayley White headed a free kick off the hands of Hound keeper Shannon Johnson into the net. This made it 2-0.
In the 17th minute, all-state forward Sydnie White set up Bridget Wages for an easy goal to give the Celtics a commanding 3-0 lead.
Maryville narrowed the deficit to 3-1 in the 31st minute on a free kick goal by Alyssa Stiens. It was her third in the last three matches and the final one of a prolific four-year career.
Wages restored O'Hara's three-goal lead later in the half with her second goal of the match. Maryville sophomore Ashton Reuter scored what turned out to be the final goal of the match in the closing minutes of the first half.
It was her team-leading 10th of the post-season.
In a scoreless second half, Maryville limited O'Hara to three shots but only got off two themselves. The Lady Hounds tallied only one second half goal over their last three matches and none in either playoff match.
Johnson finished with 13 saves, one of her highest totals of the year.
She is one of six seniors who the Lady Hounds will lose to graduation. Stiens, starting midfielder Naima Msechu, honorable mention all-state defender Nicole Bickford, starting defender Emily Meyers and Alex Wiedmaier are the others.
Stiens will continue her playing career at Northwest Missouri State.
Maryville returns its other two starting forwards, Reuter and freshman Mollie Holtman, top midfielder Cassie Holtman and starting defenders Chelsea Byland and Anny Van de Ven.