The Boonville Pirates soccer team went from one extreme to the other last night while making its first road trip of the season against Southern Boone of Ashland.
After beating Oak Grove 2-0 in the season opener on Tuesday, the Pirates fell against the Eagles last night by a score of 6-0.
Boonville soccer coach Tim Brown said Southern Boone is a good squad. “They start a significant amount of skill for a school their size, and the players that come off of the bench barely, if at all, dilute what is on the field,” Brown said. “We have a lot to improve on between now and the end of October if we hope to have a chance against them in districts. That being said, despite the score line, we played pretty well. Early in the match, especially, we were moving the ball around and winning the ball back quickly, and we created a couple of chances.
“As the match went on, fatigue and nerves got the better of us, and we were both giving the way away too often and not staying organized on defense. In the past, we would have appeared defenseless against a team like that, but taking back a few huge mistakes, that match could have been more like 3 or 4-1. Hopefully, and this is the wish after every first loss of the season, hopefully, this is the best team we face...and that might very well the case.”
Leading 2-0 at the half on goals at the 1 and 29 minute mark, Southern Boone came back and added four more goals at the 51, 71, 77 and 79 minute mark for the victory.
The Eagles also finished the match with 15 shots on goal and 29 shot attempts compared to six shots on goal and 10 shot attempts by Boonville.
Senior goalie Nathan Green also had nine saves in the match for the Pirates. And while Southern Boone had six fouls in the match compared to just two for Boonville, the Pirates also picked up the game’s only yellow card at the 75 minute mark by Jared Edler.
Southern Boone also won the JV match against Boonville 5-1.
The Eagles led 3-0 at the half on goals at the 17, 22 and 27-minute mark and then added two more goals at the 41 and 56 minute mark to extend the lead to 5-0. Meanwhile, at the 66 minute mark, Boonville finally got on the board on a goal by sophomore Brian Brown.
Southern Boone finished the match with 14 shots on goal and 29 shot attempts compared to only two shots on goal and seven shot attempts by Boonville.
The Pirates also had seven fouls in the game compared to just four for Southern Boone.
As for saves in the match, sophomore Matt Shafer had nine.
Coach Brown said the JV Pirates had some spells of pressure that probably should have ended in goals, but for the most part, the JV Eagles controlled the run of play. “If we could change a few goalkeeper/defensive mishaps, the score line would have look a lot more appealing.”
Boonville’s soccer team will play next on Tuesday, Sept. 10th in the conference opener at Fulton starting at 5 p.m.