Jump start soccer: Maryville puts Alcoa away early with quick goals
By Grant Ramey | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Regardless of sport, when Maryville and Alcoa get together you can throw out records, advantages, disadvantages, just about everything.
Alcoa would’ve liked to throw out the first six minutes Friday night.
Maryville scored three goals in the game’s first six minutes and cruised from there to a 5-0 win at Goddard Field, spoiling Alcoa’s senior night.
“It’s reminiscent of last Friday, just a different week,” Alcoa coach Shane Corley said, referring to his team’s 8-1 loss to CAK last week.
“I don’t know what it is, but lately we get into a match with a really good opponent and we start horrible. I was pretty rough on them at halftime and we played a better second half.”
The second half was a formality by the time Ryan Reilly (three goals, two assists) was done going to work.
Reilly scored at the 2:30 mark, assisted by Sam Hansen, again at the 3:15 mark, assisted by Austin Waddell and added assist on the Rebels’ third goal, scored by Waddell six minutes into the game for a quick 3-0 lead.
“We’re a good team, and Ryan Reilly can do some things like that,” Maryville coach Steve Feather said. “He has a good shot, and he’s just so unpredictable because he’s so good on the dribble.
“We started off well, but we also played well the rest of the game. We just didn’t finish some chances.”
Reilly scored again off a corner kick in the 19th minute, with an assist from Tyler Hudson, and helped cap the scoring in the 47th minute, getting credit for the assist on a goal from Hudson that made it 5-0.
“We made too many mental mistakes early on and dig ourselves a hole,” Corley said. “And there’s no way we can come out of that, they’re too solid in the back. If you get a goal against Maryville, you’re lucky this year.
“You’ve got to keep it to a 0-0 game or a very low scoring game if you’re going to have a chance and hope for something good.”
Maryville scored the five goals on 23 shots. Alcoa recorded just three shots on goal.
“Alcoa is a good team and we caught them on bad night,” Feather said. “Any other night, we could have trouble with Alcoa.”
Corley said his team’s had enough trouble with itself lately.
“I don’t know if we’re too tight. The things we work on in practice, I’m not seeing translate to the field right now and that’s what’s killing me. The things we say we understand and have figured out and they come back out at game time.
“We cleaned it up a little bit and did better in the second half, but I told them, that’s not good enough to get them out of next week. We have to play better.”
Alcoa opens the District 4-AA tournament with a 6 p.m. game Monday at home against Rockwood.
Maryville, the regular season champions of District 4-AAA, will open tournament play at 7 p.m. Monday against Heritage at Maryville College.