After facing the defending conference champion Moberly Spartans Tuesday night on the road, the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team  had reason to feel a little bit beat up after falling to the Spartans 5-0.
But then last night while hosting possibly the second best team in the conference in the Hannibal Lady Pirates, Boonville once again fell victim to a NCMC school while dropping a 3-0 decision.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 2-2 overall and in the conference, head coach Tim Brown said typically the team with the most ability on the field prevails, and Hannibal, right now, showed that they have more ability, but mostly, we just allowed ourselves to be bullied.” Brown said. “Hannibal won every ball in the air, most 50/50 balls, repeatedly ran us off the ball, intercepted our passes, and were so much more physical than us overall that many of the Boonville girls stopped even trying to win balls as the match went on. We just need to figure out how to better protect the ball and create chances because we have to understand that all the physical play in the world does not stop a good team from scoring.”
After last night’s match against Hannibal, the Lady Pirates have been outscored 8-0 in the last-two games. Meanwhile, for the season, opponents have outscored Boonville 9-4.
Of course that can all be thrown out the window tonight, as the Lady Pirates host Oak Grove in a varsity match only at the BHS Sports Complex starting at 5 p.m.
As for the match last night, Hannibal came out and dominated from the start by scoring at the 8-minute mark to go up 1-0. Two minutes later, the Lady Pirates added another goal to make it 2-0. Then, right before the half, Hannibal tacked on a third goal at the 36 minute mark to extend the lead to 3-0.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Boonville played Hannibal to a draw in the second half.
Needless to say it goes without saying just how dominant the Lady Pirates, as in Hannibal, were on the field last night. While finishing the match with 42 shot attempts compared to just eight for Boonville, Hannibal also had 13 shots on goal compared to two for the Lady Pirates.
Hannibal’s physical play on the field also had them with six fouls compared to three for Boonville.
Aside from the draw in the second half, the Lady Pirates also had a good showing from junior goalie Cassidy Renfrow, who finished the match with 10 saves.
As for the junior varsity match, Hannibal posted a shutout as well against the Lady Pirates by a score of 2-0.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 1-2-2 on the season, allowed goals at the 18 and 53-minute mark in the match against Hannibal.
Coach Brown said the Boonville JV team could not keep possession of the ball for more than a few seconds, and they typically could not get possession back from the Hannibal JV until after they created a shot.
Hannibal’s JV finished the match with 52 shot attempts compared to just two for Boonville and 27 shots on goal with just one for the Lady Pirates.
Hannibal also had four fouls in the match.
As for saves, freshman Haylee Thomas had a busy night with 25 for the Lady Pirates.