McGuffey responded in a big way to some motivation from head coach Andrew Hoskins.
“I challenged him.” said Hoskins. “I put him on the bench, he came out and put in a goal right away.”
Eight minutes later, McGuffey rose to the challenge again as he redirected a David Verde free kick into the right side of the goal for a 2-0 score. With time winding down in the half, McGuffey would notch his hat trick as he took a breakaway, dribbled around the charging Boston, and slid it past the keeper to put the Wildcats up 3-0 at the half.
Hillcrest would spoil the shutout as Ryan Strait scored in the 67th minute. Kyler Anderson followed up with a beautiful 30 yard volley that got over Cassville goalie Indy Cole in the 71st minute to make the final score 5-2.
Cassville improves their season record to 7-10-1 and will next face New Covenant Academy at home on Tuesday night. Hillcrest drops to 4-12 and will host Springfield Central on Thursday.