Missing two starters in the lineup was just too much for the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team to overcome Tuesday night in a sectional game against Lutheran-St. Peters.
With leading scorer Bailey Pfeiffer and midfielder Samantha Dorman out of the lineup, the Lady Pirates lacked both the scoring and help defense to thwart Lutheran St. Peters in a 9-0 loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 12-9 on the season, head coach Tim Brown said he didn’t know if the two-hour bus ride, or that their very last practice was abruptly ended due to lightning, or that five starters were sick, or the fact that two senior starters (one being the teams leading scorer, were not at the match, but whatever it was, the girls’ heads were not in the game.
“We started sluggish, and we ended even more sluggish,” Brown said. “Lutheran was definitely the more motivated and aggressive team, and they have a very old school, long-ball style of play (kick it down the field and either let the forwards sort it out or capitalize on mistakes, which we made plenty), but that is a style we have had success against all season, just not when we needed to the most.”
Although the nine-game match was insurmountable for the Lady Pirates, the first half was far from it as Lutheran St. Peters led 2-0 after goals at the 10 and 37 minute mark.
As for the second half, the Lady Pirates appeared to have nothing left against Lutheran St. Peters while giving up goals at the 42, 46, 55, 57 (2), 58 and 66 minute mark to suffer the loss.
Lutheran St. Peters also finished the match with 23 shots on goal and 38 shot attempts compared to only one shot on goal for Boonville and four shot attempts.
Goalies Cassidy Renfrow and Haylee Thomas also had their work cut out against Lutheran St. Peters. While Renfrow finished the match with 10 saves, Thomas had five against the Lady Cougars.
Both teams, meanwhile, had seven fouls in the match.
Brown said while the Lady Pirates finished the season as Class 1 District 8 champions, fourth place in the NCMC and with a record of 12-9, which was the second highest winning percentage ever and fewest losses in a season, it might have been the least talented team they have ever fielded, but they worked to create their most successful season as a program.