Eagles score three first-half goals against the Pirates
For the second straight outing, the Boonville Pirates soccer team struggled to find the net against the Grain Valley Eagles last night at the BHS Sports Complex.
After being shutout Tuesday night at home against the Moberly Spartans 3-0, the Pirates came back last night at home and fell against the Eagles by a score of 4-0.
Boonville soccer coach Tim Brown said Grain Valley was very good at possessing and moving the ball, and the Pirates were not quick enough at applying pressure or making tackles.
Of course you knew it was going to be a long night after the Eagles scored one minute into the match to go up 1-0. Then, after two more goals before the half at the 13 and 17 minute mark to make it 3-0, Grain Valley came back and added another goal in the second half at the 57 minute mark for the victory.
The Eagles also finished the match with 11 shots on goal and 29 shot attempts while Boonville had only four shots on goal and five shot attempts.
Boonville junior Nathan Green also had eight saves in the match.
The Pirates also had five fouls in the match compared to three for Grain Valley. Meanwhile, at the 75 minute mark, junior Tyler Drew picked up a yellow card for Boonville, who dropped to 2-6 overall.
In the JV match, Grain Valley defeated Boonville by a score of 5-0.
While picking up the shutout against Boonville, the Eagles led also led 2-0 at the half on goals at the 9 and 28 minute mark. Then, in the second half, the Eagles scored goals at the 51, 64 and 66 minute mark.
Brown said the JV Pirates suffered a similar fate to the varsity team. "Grain Valley, though not terribly aggressive, did a much, much better job of protecting the ball at their feet and supporting the player with the ball, and we were forced to chase for the majority of the matches," Brown said.
Grain Valley finished the match with six shots on goal and 14 shot attempts while Boonville had three shots on goal and seven shot attempts.
Senior goalie Cody Painter, meanwhile, finished the match with one save.
Boonville also had three fouls in the match compared to two for Grain Valley.
The loss dropped Boonville's JV to 1-5-1 overall.