The Maryville High School soccer team finished the Excelsior Springs Tournament in third place.
In their first game on September 12, the Spoofhounds had to deal with an artificial turf surface which they were not familiar.
This led to frustration and ultimately a 5-2 loss against Warrensburg.
“Our touches just weren’t prepared for the speed of the ball coming off the turf” coach Stuart Collins said.
Scoring in this game was Zach Brod assisted by Michael Filips in the 19th minute and Dimitri Filopoulos assisted by Zack Brod in the 78th minute.
The Hounds won the second game of the tournament the next day by a score of 5-1.
MHS established control of the midfield early in the game through great passing and ball control by midfield players that provided the push that led to the five goals scored.
Led by Mitchell Worthington, Danner Jacobsen, and Dimitri Filopoulos the Spoofhound central midfield prevented LaFayette’s midfield players from settling down and controlling the game.
The Spoofhound midfield was then able to utilize the outside midfield players Braxton Salcedo and Michael Filips on right and Travis Hogue, Joe Suchan, and Amani Kegode on left to constantly pressure the Lafayette defense.
On the other hand, the Spoofhound defense was spectacular and allowed only one goal. Led by defenders Mason Schafer, Cody Hermelink, Jacob Liles, Tyler Stoll, and keeper Ethan Calfee, the Hound defense was solid and kept Lafayette at bay for most the the game.
The spoofhounds started their third game just one hour after beating Lafayette, and partly due to fatigue, they started slow which allowed Excelsior Springs to establish their midfield early and win by a score of 1-0.
MHS was short one playmaker in central midfield but did not miss a beat since the coaches made the necessary adjustments.
Dimitri Filopoulos was the injured player and Amani Kegode replaced him in central midfield with Ben Smith coming in to serve as one of the left midfielders.
Through good team defense and some attacking, the Spoofhounds absorbed much of the early pressure from Excelsior Springs before eventually establishing themselves in central midfield. Zach Brod and Braxton Salcedo continued to apply the pressure on the Excelsior Springs defense, thanks to the brilliant play from the midfield.
Unfortunately no goals were to come the Spoofhounds way. Brilliant defensive play from keepers Ethan Calfee and Michael Holly kept the sheet clean for most the game. Eventually, fatigue would provide Excelsior Springs an opportunity to score in the 88th minute.
The Spoofhounds spent the last two minutes of the game pouring in their last ounces of energy relentlessly attacking the Excelsior Springs goal but it did not yield a goal before time expired.
Page 2 of 2 - The Hound’s next game is scheduled for September 17 at 5 p.m. at Smithville.