Boonville soccer coach Tim Brown is a firm believer that sophomore Tyler Drew can score goals at any time on the field against any opponent the Pirates may face during the course of the season.
Coaches in the NCMC thought so as well while voting Drew on the second team as a forward for the 2012 season.
Of course nobody had a better season this fall than Drew, who broke the all-time scoring record with 23 goals, which was held previously by D.L. Green with 16. But it gets better. He is also three goals shy of the all-time career record of 32 goals. And with seven assists on the season, Brown said Tyler is also two shy of the all-time season record of 9.
As far as conference play, Drew had six goals and one assist in conference play. And while starting in all 23 matches for the Pirates, Brown said Drew along with center backs Andrew Kueny and Caleb Miller and goalkeeper Nathan Green, had the most minutes played on the team.
“Tyler is a very aggressive and crafty dribbler, and he is able to create goal scoring chances from almost nothing,” Brown said. “If he increases his training in the off-season, working on his finishing and, especially, his passing (vision/field awareness), he has the potential to greatly increase his team’s level of play.”
Although the Pirates fell short of the in reaching the .500 mark for the season at 6-17 overall, Brown said the team did break the previous record of five wins, which happened twice previously in the six years of the program.
“We started at least six sophomores in every varsity match this season but one (Senior-Parents Night), in which we only started five,” Brown said. “We ended the season on several bright notes: we won our last match of the regular season and the first district match (both shutouts and the first time the program had ever won two matches in a row); then, we had a lead on one of the top Class 1 teams in the state, Southern Boone, for three quarters of the district semifinal (a couple more lucky breaks and better decisions and we would have pulled off the upset of the year).”
In the final-team standings in the conference, Hannibal captured the NCMC title at 11-1 overall. Fulton finished second at 10-2, followed by Marshall at 9-3, Moberly at 5-7, Mexico at 4-8, Kirksville at 2-10 and Boonville at 1-11.