The Boonville Pirates soccer team did the unthinkable last night in the regular-season finale on the road against the Kirksville Tigers.
With the district tournament set to begin Saturday in Fulton, the Pirates picked a perfect time to gain some momentum by knocking off the Tigers on Senior-Parents Night with a 1-0 victory.
While the win raised the Pirates record to 5-15 overall and 1-11 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Brown said as Kirksville did to Boonville last year on its Senior-Parents Night, the Pirates did to them on theirs this year.
“With less than five minutes in a 0-0 match, against the run of play, we caught them with a quick counterattack and stole our first-ever victory against Kirksville,” Brown said. “It was a match of lucky breaks and unfortunate mistakes, but fortunately our defense, although conceding a lot of shots, did an excellent job of allowing very little inside the penalty box.
“Goalkeeper Nathan Green came up big, time and time again, recording 23 saves, and forward Tyler Drew scored the match winner, having claimed the BHS boys record for goals in a season with 18, which was previously held by David Green with 16. We tied our most wins in a season with five, and we have two unique opportunities this Saturday: we can win six matches for the first time in the program’s six years, and we could win two matches in a row for the first time in the program’s six years.”
In other words, the Pirates played great for 80 minutes after battling Kirksville to a 0-0 tie at the half. Meanwhile, with just two minutes left in the match, sophomore Tyler Drew scored what turned out to be the winning goal on an assist from senior Eric Warren for the victory.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that Kirksville still finished the match with 23 shots on goal and 34 shot attempts compared to just six shots on goal for Boonville and 15 shot attempts.
Junior goalie Nathan Green also had 23 saves for the Pirates.
As for fouls, Kirksville had six compared to three for Boonville.
In the JV match, Kirksville defeated Boonville by a score of 4-0.
The Tigers led 3-0 at the half on goals at the 10, 26 and 32 minute mark. Meanwhile, in the second half, Kirksville came back and added another goal at the 57 minute mark to round out the scoring.
While the loss dropped Boonville’s JV to 1-13-2 overall, Brown said the JV season can be summed up in three words: “technique and experience.”
“Most of our JV team had never played soccer before, certainly not competitively, and several of the boys on the team had never even been on a team before, of any kind,” Brown said. “And soccer is not a game that is learned in one season; it is not even a game that is learned in five seasons, and even though the teams we play, for the most part, are not overflowing with amazing soccer talent by any means, the little bit of knowledge and skill that they had, and we lacked, allowed our opponents to keep the ball longer, win in back quicker, and create more scoring opportunities. Realistically, had we had just one player who had enough technique and experience to get the ball to the opponent’s goal with any kind of consistency, the season would have looked incredibly different.”
Page 2 of 2 - Kirksville also finished the match with 15 shots on goal and 20 shot attempts while Boonville had five shots on goals and seven shot attempts.
Junior Brendan Twenter also had 11 saves in the match for Boonville.
As far as fouls, Kirksville had eight compared to five for Boonville.
The Pirates, the No. 4 seed in the Class 1 District 7 Tournament in Fulton, will play fifth-seeded Montgomery County in the opening round on Saturday, Oct. 27 starting at 2 p.m.
Southern Boone picked up the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by Fulton, MMA, Boonville and Montgomery County.
The semifinal round will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, with the championship scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 starting at 6.