Entering yesterday’s first 2016 meeting between programs which last met in the 2015 state tournament, there was no reason for the Maryville High School soccer Lady Spoofhounds to deviate from the defensive approach they used last year in defeating the Chillicothe Lady Hornets.three times in as many matches.

Entering yesterday’s first 2016 meeting between programs which last met in the 2015 state tournament, there was no reason for the Maryville High School soccer Lady Spoofhounds to deviate from the defensive approach they used last year in defeating the Chillicothe Lady Hornets.three times in as many matches. Even though Chillicothe’s roster is massively reconstructed with mostly sophomores and freshmen, Maryville’s success remained unchanged as it posted a 3-0 victory. The MHS win, which featured a 3-goals “hat trick” by senior Mollie Holtman, not only was its fourth over the Lady Hornets the past two seasons, but also its fourth by shutout. In that span, Maryville has outscored CHS 16-0, including a 2-0 triumph in last May’s first-round state-tournament clash. The outcome in Chillicothe’s regular-season finale sends it into next week’s Class 2 district tournament at Kirksville with a record of 10-8-1. The Lady Hornets’ initial foe in the 4-teams district tourney will be the squad which helped create that lone tie on the CHS ledger – Moberly. It and the Lady Hornets played to a 1-1 draw in a mid-April tournament Moberly hosted. That Tuesday match is slated for 5 p.m. at Kirksville High’s artificial-surfaced field. Yesterday, on the ersatz grass of CHS’ Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II, the diminutive, but quick and nimble-footed Mollie Holtman picked the top corner behind CHS senior goalkeeper Jaylene Sturguess in the second minute of the match, then scored again in the 34th and 75th minutes. Although Chillicothe made some pushes to try to create some quality scoring chances and end its long, long scoring drought against MHS, it never could. Its best opportunity came in the last half-minute of the first half when it had a right-sied corner kick. Taken by Sarah Graves, the low line drive curled nicely into the area about five to seven yards in front of the Maryville net, right in the middle. As it neared the turf, the first leg to it belonged to CHS back Devin Dowell. However, as she swung her right leg to meet it, the timing was a smidgen off and the ball caromed away from the goal toward midfield instead of toward the Maryville net.