The Boonville Pirates soccer team dropped its season opener Monday night on the road by losing to the Mexico Bulldogs 5-1.
While managing just one goal for the full 80 minutes, head coach Kaz James said the first half was very slow for the Pirates and they could not adapt to the conditions on the field.
“Mexico went up 2-0 on us at the half and we let both goals score based on defensive errors,” James said. “In the second half we created some chances and had an awesome goal by Alejandro Vivas from outside the 18 yard box. However we were unable to get the win. I am not happy with how the game ended, but I know the boys will step up and make the chances moving forward. It is only the beginning of the season and I am hopeful we will continue to grow and improve on the little details.”
The Bulldogs accounted for both goals in the first half, coming at the 9 and 39 minute mark to go up 2-0. Then, after Vivas scored Boonville’s only goal at the 42 minute mark on an assist from Will Rehagen to cut the lead to 2-1, Mexico responded with three more goals at the 60, 61 and 62 minute mark to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Bulldogs also finished the match with nine shot attempts and three shots on goal while Boonville  had six shot attempts and four shots on goal.
Junior goalie Gabe Lorenz also had six saves in the match.
James said despite the loss the boys still have a lot to prove this season even though they are a young group. “It is the first game, but there are a lot of things that we need to focus on as a group,” James said.
In the JV match, Boonville and Mexico played to a 1-1 tie.
The Pirates lone goal came at the 19 minute mark by Will Rehagen and assisted by Vivas. Meanwhile, at the 27 minute mark, Mexico answered to tie the match at 1-all.
James said being the first ever soccer game for a lot of the players, the boys have a lot to learn, but the young team shows real potential.
Boonville’s JV finished the match with four shot attempts and one shot on goal while Mexico had two shot attempts and one shot on goal.