Maryville soccer

Maryville forward Morgan Pettlon lines up a shot against Savannah in Maryville, Missouri.

It’s an exciting feeling to know one more season remains in Morgan Pettlon’s career at Maryville High School.

The forward may be one of the most dominant athletes in Class 2 girls soccer. In 2019, she scored 42 of the Spoofhounds’ 64 goals, good for a team high. Pettlon also led with eight assists.

The stats are a result of the junior’s understanding of what it takes to fit into the program led by coach Dale Reuter.

“We knew at any time on the field, she could make something happen,” Reuter said. “When you have that person with that ability out there, it always gives you hope in those tough games.

Pettlon’s performance on the pitch is a large out of what led Maryville on its run to a Class 2 quarterfinal appearance. It also resulted in individual Midland Empire Conference, Class 2 District 16, and Class 2 regional accolades.

The combination of the different elements of Pettlon’s 2019 season has led to her latest honor, the All-News-Press NOW girls soccer player of the year.

“It shows some hard work has paid off,” Pettlon said.

Pettlon prides herself on being a good teammate. She isn’t one to take all of the credit for the successes she has seen. She also realizes the spotlight didn’t come easily.

It starts with the culture the program is known for under the direction of Reuter, while building off individual character.

“Being a team, and wanting to be there with the girls, it is a part of what makes Maryville soccer Maryville soccer. It’s a family, not a team,” Pettlon said.

Maryville finished 2019 with a 13-8 record, advancing through the early rounds of the playoffs. Pembroke Hill ended its season in the quarterfinals, beating the Spoofhounds 2-1.

— Joe Andrews

Joe Andrews can be reached at joe.andrews@newspressnow.com.