The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team fell to the Moberly Spartans last night by a score of 4-2 on a penalty shootout after playing the Spartans to a 1-1 tie in two overtimes.
While the Lady Pirates have yet to beat the Spartans in conference play since joining the NCMC back in 2008, it’s safe to say that the gap is closing ever so slightly  after losing 5-0 back on April 2.
Boonville Lady Pirates soccer coach Tim Brown said in five years of a Boonville varsity soccer program, Moberly is still the only team in the conference Boonville hasn’t defeated at the varsity level, neither boys nor girls.
“To be fair, no NCMC team had beaten their girls’ team in the past five years except Hannibal 1-0 this season,” Brown said. “Realistically, we have never exactly deserved to defeat them: they consistently outscore (usually by three or four goals), outshoot, and outpossesses us. Tonight, though, for the first time that I can remember, the Boonville girls went into the match with a different mindset: they did not assume that we were going to lose and they played to win.
“Unfortunately, we did not play quite good enough for the victory-we were still outmatched overall-but we definitely played just good enough not to lose. We had a 1-0 lead 60 minutes into the match (our first lead ever against them), and we looked like we might be able to hang on, but one serious defensive hiccough (the only one of the match, really), and we squandered our lead. After two scoreless overtime periods, we went to penalty shootouts, which the Boonville girls had only done one other time (six years ago in a tournament when we lost to Marshall), and we finally succumbed to the more experienced Moberly shot takers. Our highlight of the match, other than the overall hustle of the team and some good saves of our goalkeeper, Cassidy Renfrow, was a sublime free kick late in the first half by freshman Cali McAreavy-about 25 yards out, she struck true, bending the ball over the Moberly wall and into the far corner (if I can get a hold of the video, future coaches might want to see it).”
The Lady Pirates, who dropped  below the .500 mark on the season at 5-6 overall and 3-6 in the NCMC, definitely had their chances against Moberly. While playing to a 0-0 tie for most of the half, Boonville finally found the back of the net when freshman Cali Jo McAreavy scored on an unassisted goal at the 37 minute mark to go up 1-0 at the half.
Meanwhile, after holding Moberly scoreless for the first 62 minutes, the Lady Spartans finally got on the board at the 63 minute mark to tie the match at 1-1.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they couldn’t score after that while playing Moberly to a 1-1 tie in the first-two overtimes. Meanwhile, during the penalty shootout, Moberly scored two more goals to garner the victory.
While junior goalie Cassidy Renfrow finished the match with 13 saves, Moberly also had 14 shots on goal and 26 shot attempts. Boonville, meanwhile, finished the match with six shots on goal and 15 shot attempts.
The Lady Pirates also had 10 fouls in the match compared to seven for Moberly.
As for the JV match, Boonville and Moberly played to a 0-0 tie.
Coach Brown said for the second straight match, the JV Lady Pirates tied 0-0, which is exactly what they did against the JV Lady Spartans in Moberly. “They cannot seem to find that finishing touch, or a bit of luck,” Brown said. “Last time, the two teams met, we missed six breakaways and a penalty kick. This time, we didn’t create nearly as many chances, but we couldn’t finish just the same.”
While both JV teams finished the match with five shots on goal, Moberly had nine shot attempts compared to six for Boonville.
Freshman goalie Haylee Thomas also had five saves in the match for the Lady Pirates, who are now 3-3-3 on the season.
Both teams had four fouls in the match.
The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team will play in the Sixth annual Central Missouri Soccer Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Competing in the Purple pool along with Lebanon, Sacred Heart, Crocker, Camdenton, Mexico, Hillsboro and Rogers, Arkansas, the Lady Pirates will open tourney play tonight against Rogers starting at 5 p.m.