The Southern Boone Eagles looked the part of a No. 1 seed last night in the championship in the Class 1 District 7 Tournament at the BHS Sports Complex.
After a second place finish last year in Class 1, the Eagles picked up where they left off while entering last night’s game as the No. 1 team in the state in Class 1 along with a 25-1 overall record.
Although the Boonville Pirates soccer team had high hopes of pulling off the upset, the Eagles experience and skilled players were just too much for the Pirates in a 7-1 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 10-12 overall, head coach Tim Brown said unfortunately geography was the team’s biggest enemy in their first trip to a district final.
“As I always tell my team after the final match: “Unless you are the team that wins the last game, no season ever ends up how you had hoped,” Brown said. “We were paired up with Southern Boone, the top, small-school soccer team in the state (second in the state last year with a legitimate chance of reaching the final again this year).”
With a crowd of approximately 300-400 people in attendance, the Eagles didn’t disappoint their fans while scoring two minutes into the match on a shot 10 yards out from Jacob Moore. Then, at the 10 minute mark in the first half, Southern Boone answered again when Thomas Blanchard placed a corner kick right in front of the goal for a header by Calvin Bill to expand the lead to 2-0.
Of course the Eagles’ defense wasn’t bad, either. While holding Boonville scoreless in the first half, Southern Boone also held the Pirates without a shot on goal much less a shot attempt.
Meanwhile, after controlling the ball for much of the first half on their side of the field, the Eagles answered yet again at the 20 minute mark on an uncontested shot from Ben Tavious to make it 3-0. Southern Boone added its fourth goal of the half at the 32 minute mark when Moore scored his second goal of the match on a little chip shot from five feet out. Boonville senior goalie Nathan Green may have also made a tactical error on the play by leaving the front of the goal to stop the shot with no defenders present.
The Eagles also dominated the second half, scoring at the 47 minute mark on a shot from 20 yards out by Nate Sapp. Thirteen minutes later at the 60 minute mark, Southern Boone answered again from 10 yards out on a shot by Creighton Sapp to make it 6-0. Then, at the 65 minute mark, the Eagles added their seventh goal of the match on a shot from 15 yards out by Landon Bartel to push the lead to 7-0.
But even then the Pirates didn’t give up when Isaac Hinkle assisted Tyler Drew on a shot at the 72 minute mark for Boonville’s only goal of the match.
The Eagles, 26-1 on the season, finished the match out-shooting Boonville 14-1 on shots on goal and 34-4 on shot attempts.
Southern Boone also had nine fouls in the match compared to five for Boonville.
Green had another big night for the Pirates with seven saves in the match.