After playing the Marshall Owls to a 0-0 tie in the first half Tuesday night at the BHS Sports Complex, Boonville Pirates soccer coach Tim Brown felt his team would come out just as strong in the second half.
Unfortunately for Boonville, the Owls proved to be the stronger of two teams while scoring three unanswered goals at the 52, 75 and 79 minute mark for a 3-0 victory.
While the loss dropped the Pirates to 4-14 overall and 0-9 in the NCMC, Brown said you have got to be willing/able to pressure or protect the ball at the right moments. "We played pretty well in the first half and then we pretty much derailed in the second half," Brown said.
Marshall also finished the match with more shots on goal and shot attempts with nine and 21, respectively. As for Boonville, they had only three shots on goal and eight shot attempts in the game.
As for saves, junior goalie Nathan Green had six in the game for Boonville.
The Owls also finished the match with 10 fouls compared to six for Boonville.
In the JV match, Marshall defeated Boonville by a score of 4-0.
Although the Owls would score just one goal in the first half at the 8-minute mark, they would add three more in the second half at the 40, 65 and 66 minute mark for the victory.
Coach Brown said the JV Pirates played with a lot of intensity against the JV Owls, but they are still looking for the finishing touch.
The loss dropped the JV team to 1-10-2 on the season.
As for the match itself, Marshall had 12 shots on goal and 18 shot attempts while Boonville had five shots on goal and eight shot attempts.
Junior goalie Brendan Twenter also had eight saves in the match for Boonville.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will travel to Moberly for a conference match on Thursday starting at 6 p.m