MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Maryville Spoofhounds ended a four-game losing streak on Monday evening at Donaldson Park with a 2-1 overtime win over the Savannah Savages. The Spoofhounds struggled all evening offensively and need two penalty kicks to defeat the Savages.

“It feels great to get the win, it’s always great to get the win,” Spoofhounds coach Dale Reuter said. “We played a hard game. I liked the first half a lot more than I liked the second. It really exposed some things to me that we have to look at and take care of before we start district play.”

The weather played a major impact on both teams with temperatures in the low 50’s and the wind blowing at 20 miles per hour. With the wind blowing like it was, Jaden Hayes said it was definitely something they had to adjust to.

“These conditions, it’s so hard to play in wind, wind is the worst thing to play in,” Hayes said. “If it’s windy you definitely have to keep the ball on the ground, keep it on the ground, it helps passes and helps us control the game a lot more.”

The two teams combined for seven goals in their matchup four weeks ago in Savannah and it appeared the teams would again combine for a bunch of goals early on. Forward Jacob Ferris was fouled going in for an attempted goal. Hayes took the penalty kick for Maryville and gave the Spoofhounds an early 1-0 in the 15th minute.

Scoring was hard to come by with each team struggling to make accurate shots with the wind. The Savages best opportunity came in the 30th minute of the match, but goalkeeper Hunter Johnson made the save.

Hayes took two shots in the 32nd minute of the first half with his first shot missing high and far right. The senior forward’s second shot missed just to the left.

Savannah’s shot in the 35th minute missed high as shot accuracy continue to be a problem for both teams. Ferris took shots in the 38th and 39th minute of the half with both shots saved by the Savannah goalkeeper.

The Savages grabbed momentum early in the second half, scoring their first goal in the fifth minute of the half. The Spoofhounds and Hayes were awarded a free kick in the eighth minute of the half. Hayes’ shot missed high.  

In the 14th minute, Maryville took back-to-back corner kicks, failing to convert either into a goal. Reuter believes the extra time off after a long week could have been part of the reason for his team’s slow day offensively.

“I think they were flat, they looked flat and I think what it was was I gave them a long weekend,” Reuter said. “They played a lot of games last week against a lot of great opponents and we ended up with Pius at the end and I gave them Friday off because that was a battle.”

Maryville’s best opportunity to regain the lead came in the 25th minute as the Spoofhounds were awarded their second penalty kick of the match. This time, Hayes’ shot to the right corner was saved by the Savannah keeper.

In the 28th minute, Hayes broke free down the left side of the field and finished the play with what appeared to be the Spoofhounds’ second goal. A questionable foul was called on Hayes though, negating the goal.

Regulation ended with the two teams tied at one, forcing sudden-death overtime. The match appeared to be headed for a second overtime until Hayes drew a foul surrounded by four Savages, leading to his third penalty kick. Hayes ended the match making the penalty kick and the regular season sweep of their rivals.

“It’s a rival school and anytime you get a win over a rival school (it’s great), these boys know each other, play summer ball together and probably go on dates with their girlfriends together,” Reuter said. “It’s good to have that so that you get those bragging rights.”

The Spoofhounds can finish the regular season with a .500 record with a win over Lafayette on Thursday. Maryville has already clinched a spot in the top half of their district.

“Being a second seed, you can’t complain about that,” Hayes said. “Chillicothe is a good team, they probably deserve the one but I think we deserve one too, but it’s definitely a confidence booster going into districts.”

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