The Boonville Pirates soccer team couldn’t have finished the regular season any better last night at home against the Kirksville Tigers.
In the final match before next week’s district tournament at the BHS Sports Complex, the Pirates put it all together both offensively and defensively by beating the Tigers 2-0.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 9-11 overall and 3-9 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Brown said the Pirates seem to always save their best defensive performance for Senior-Parent Night.
“The only senior starter, goalkeeper Nathan Green, recorded his fourth shutout of the season, which included a couple of amazing saves early on, and we ended NCMC play with a record of 3-9 and a convincing win over Kirksville,” Brown said. “We split with them the last-two seasons, and each game was similar-Kirksville won the midfield, but we created better scoring chances.”
Although the Tigers had more shot attempts than Boonville 21-20, the two goals that counted the most came early in the first half and early in the second half.
The first goal of the match by Boonville came on a penalty kick at the 25 minute mark by junior Noah Lammers. Then, after going in at the half on top 1-0, the Pirates answered again at the 48 minute mark on an assist from Isaac Hinkle to Tyler Drew to make it 2-0.
Boonville and Kirksville played to a draw for the rest of the match.
As for senior goalie Nathan Green, he also picked his best match of the season to go out on a high note by recording 14 saves.
As for shots on goal, Boonville and Kirksville finished the match with 14 each. The Pirates also had 12 fouls in the match compared to seven for Kirksville.
In the JV match, the Tigers flipped the score while beating the Pirates in a shutout 3-0.
While closing out the season at 5-7-4 overall, Brown said the JV Pirates had a few shots, but the Kirksville JV squad was more potent on the attack.
The Tigers scored at the 9, 11 and 38 minute mark in the match to record the shutout against Boonville.
Kirksville also finished the match with seven shots on goal and six shot attempts while Boonville had five shots on goal and five shot attempts.
Sophomore goalie Matt Shafer, meanwhile, finished the match with four saves.