The Boonville Pirates soccer team had its moments last night at home against the Hannibal Pirates.
Despite losing by a score of 4-1, head coach Tim Brown said overall the Pirates played pretty well.
“We had good pressure on defense, and we had moments where we protected and moved the ball around as a team,” Brown said, “but we are still our own worst enemies. We scored one goal on ourselves and gave away a breakaway on a bad pass. We keep lunging at attackers in non-tackling situation.”
Although Hannibal jumped out on top with a goal at the eight minute mark to go up 1-0, Boonville would respond with a goal at the 13 minute mark on an unassisted goal by Tyler Drew.
However it was pretty much all Hannibal after that with two more goals before the half at the 15 and 40 minute mark to make it 3-1. Then, in the second half, Hannibal scored again at the 80 minute mark for the victory.
Hannibal finished the match with 15 shots on goal and 34 shot attempts while Boonville had six shots on goal and six shot attempts.
Junior goalie Nathan Green also had 11 saves in the match for the Pirates, who dropped to 3-13 overall and 0-8 in the NCMC.
Hannibal also had 11 fouls in the match compared to nine for Boonville.
Meanwhile, in the JV match, Hannibal defeated Boonville by a score of 3-1.
The Pirates, as in Hannibal, took the lead on a goal at the 21 minute mark only to have Boonville rally back two minutes later at the 23 minute mark on an assist from Noah Lammers to Anthony Brown to tie the match at 1-all.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they never got any closer in the match as Hannibal came back with two more goals at the 28 and 31 minute mark for the victory.
Brown said the JV team looked new and improved for most of the first half and then they fell back into bad habits.
Hannibal finished the match with 12 shots on goal and 15 shot attempts while Boonville had four shots on goal and five shot attempts.
Brendan Twenter also had nine saves in the match for the Pirates JV, who dropped to 1-8-2 overall.
Hannibal also had eight fouls in the match compared to five for Boonville.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will play next on Monday, Oct. 8 at Cole Camp starting at 4:30 p.m.