The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team made history not because they played in the championship in the Class 1 District 8 Tournament last night at the BHS Sports Complex.
They made history by winning its first-ever district title by beating the Fulton Hornets 1-0.
While improving to 12-8 overall on the season, the Lady Pirates will now advance to the sectional round of the state playoffs on Tuesday, May 21 against the winner of either Christian (5-14-1) or Lutheran St. Peters (15-6). Christian and Lutheran St. Peters will play for the title tonight in St. Charles.
While sweeping the series against Fulton during the regular season, winning 2-1 and 1-0, you just had a feeling that last night’s match was going to be low scoring.
Boonville head coach Tim Brown said the girls just wanted to make everyone anxious.
“We squandered good opportunity after good opportunity all throughout the match--missed a couple of breakaways, hit the crossbar a couple of times, missed a few empty nets, etc.-but other than the first 10 minutes or so of the match, our goalkeeper never really felt threatened, and that says a lot about the work rate and composure of our defense.
“In fact, because the girls have stepped it up toward the end of the season, in our last six wins in our last seven matches, we have only allowed one goal. Both squads played their hearts out, an extremely physical match, but the Lady Pirates held their own and took the supplemental shots like champs. The goal we scored tonight was a fine finish by senior Bailey Pfeiffer after a sweet through ball pass from freshman Sophie Taube-weighted just outside the box, Bailey took a couple touched and struck home to the far post.”
While finishing the match with 12 shots on goal and 20 shot attempts, the Lady Pirates also got the most important goal of the night when Sophia Taube assisted Bailey Pfeiffer at the 23 minute mark to put Boonville on top at the half 1-0.
As it turned out, that one goal proved to be the difference as Boonville and Fulton would play to a draw in the second half.
As for Fulton, they finished the night with only four shots on goal and 10 shot attempts. The Lady Hornets also had 12 fouls in the match compared to just six for Boonville.
As for goalie Cassidy Renfrow, the junior finished the match with four saves to lead the Lady Pirates.