Boonville Pirates soccer coach Kaz James didn’t really know what to expect Tuesday night in the season opener against Father Tolton.
While the match was Father Tolton’s third of the season and Boonville’s first, James knew there would be some growing pains. As it turned out, the Blazers scored the only goal of the match at the 33rd minute in the first half to beat Boonville 1-0.
After the match, James said she thought Father Tolton was a well coached team. “They were very dangerous in the defensive third and had numbers inside the box,” James said. “Each game is a learning experience and we will make the corrections today in practice and be ready to go on Thursday against Southern Boone.”
The Blazers also controlled the ball throughout the match. Except for a few possessions down field, Boonville played on the defensive for most of the first half as Father Tolton dominated from the 50-yard line on.
Nonetheless, at the end of the game, the Blazers had seven shots on goal and seven shot attempts while Boonville had three and three.
The Pirates also had two yellow cards in the match.
As for the JV match, the Pirates defeated Father Tolton by a score of 2-1.
While trailing 1-0 early on after giving up a goal at the 12 minute mark, Boonville came back and scored two quick goals-the first coming at the 27 minute mark on the goal by sophomore Gabe Lorenz and assist by freshman Gabriel Greis. Then, at the 36 minute mark, the Pirates took the lead for good when Alejandro Vivas assisted Tyler Schuster on a goal to make it 2-1.
Boonville’s JV also finished the match with three shot attempts and two shots on goal while Father Tolton had two and two.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will travel to Ashland for a match against state-ranked Southern Boone on Thursday, August 24th starting at 5 p.m.