The Boonville Pirates soccer team knew it would be tough to come away with one win, much less two, over the weekend while competing in the 9th annual Laker Shootout Soccer Tournament in Camdenton.
While competing in the gold pool along with Hannibal, Camdenton, Fatima and Crocker, the Pirates finished the tournament with a disappointing record of 0-3.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville opened the tournament against Ozark. But then to make matters worse, the Pirates also surrendered three first-half goals while losing to Ozark by a score of 5-0.
The Tigers scored goals at the 2, 26, 34, 55 and 66 minute mark against Boonville and finished the match with 19 shots on goal and 32 shot attempts. The Pirates, meanwhile, had just one shot on goal and three shot attempts.
Boonville junior goalie Nathan Green had 14 saves in the match for the Pirates.
Meanwhile, in the second round of pool play against Crocker, the Pirates actually took their first lead of the tournament at the 19 minute mark on an assists from Eric Warren to Tyler Drew. However, with just five minutes left in the half, Crocker answered with a goal at the 35 minute mark to tie the game at 1-all.
Boonville never led after that as Crocker came back with a goal at the 42 minute mark for a 2-1 victory.
Crocker also finished the match with five shots on goal and 11 shot attempts while Boonville had only two shots on goal and 11 shot attempts.
Green had three saves in the match for the Pirates.
In the final match against the Camdenton Lakers, the Pirates again fell by a score of 5-0.
Camdenton led 3-0 at the half with goals at the 2, 31 and 37 minute mark. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Lakers added two more goals at the 72 and 79 minute mark for the victory.
Camdenton also had 31 shots on goal and 57 shot attempts in the game compared to just two shots on goal and four shot attempts by Boonville.
Green also had 26 saves in the game for Boonville, who dropped to 3-11 on the season.
Boonville soccer coach Tim Brown said as a program the Pirates still have a long way to go, unfortunately.
“Against Ozark and Camdenton, we once again allowed goals in the first-five minutes, and we were dominated at both ends by superior teams, but we definitely putforth a valiant effort,” Brown said. “Again Crocker, however, we regularly shot ourselves in the foot. A match where we had the lion’s share of the possession, although not as many goal-scoring opportunities as we should have, constant unforced errors on attack and defense led to our demise.”