The Boonville Pirates soccer team found out that playing on the road is a little tougher than playing at home after falling to Fulton in the conference opener 5-2.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville trailed Fulton 3-0 at the half after giving up one goal at the 20 minute mark and two goals at the 40 minute mark.
Boonville Pirates soccer coach Tim Brown said the one goal at the 40 minute mark was scored by a Boonville player.
“We are much improved from all the previous years of the program; in the past, we rarely had an attempt against Fulton in 80 minutes, but we had about half of the play this time,” Brown said. “However, little mistakes always turn into huge obstacles on the soccer field-a lack of pressure and composure on defense turned in to four easy goals (one of them was a bit better created rather than simply capitalizing on our errors), for the Hornets, and we were unable to catch up.”
Boonville didn’t go down without a fight, though. After another goal by Fulton at the 44 minute mark to go up 4-0, Boonville came back with its first goal of the match at the 60 minute mark by Alec Adair to make it 4-1. Then, after a penalty kick by freshman Philip Udinyiwe to cut the lead to two at 4-2, the Hornets answered again with a goal at the 78 minute mark for the victory.
Fulton finished the match with 21 shots on goal and 26 shot attempts compared to 18 shots on goal and 24 shot attempts by Boonville, who dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the NCMC.
The Hornets also finished the match with 14 fouls compared to one for the Pirates.
As for saves in the match, senior goalie Nathan Green had 16.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Fulton 2-0 with goals at the 34 and 44 minute mark.
At the 34 minute mark, freshman Allan Wilkinson assisted Tyler Drew with a goal. Then, at the 44 minute mark, Drew scored his second goal of the match.
Brown said the JV Pirates recorded their second shutout win in the first-three matches. “The defense is becoming more organized, and we have a bit more attacking prowess than we have had in a couple years,” Brown said. “Hopefully, we can keep improving.”
Boonville finished the match with 13 shots on goal and 23 shot attempts while Fulton had 10 shots on goal and 11 shot attempts.
The Hornets also had seven fouls in the match compared to six for Boonville, who improved to 2-1 overall.
Sophomore goalie Matt Shafer, meanwhile, finished the match with 10 saves.