After two close losses by a combined score of 4-0, the Boonville Pirates soccer team finally had a match go its way Tuesday night on the road against the Fulton Hornets.
Although it took a strong second half by the Pirates, senior Luke Rehagen had the two deciding goals at the 51 and 65 minute mark to give Boonville a 2-1 victory.
Boonville Pirates soccer coach Kaz James said Fulton gave the boys a challenge and the game ended up being very close. “We had a lot of chances on goal, but we were unable to find the net at times,” James said. “A win is a positive for us moving forward, but we still need to make some adjustments as we prepare for Hannibal on Thursday. Luke Rehagen was a big help for us as he had two goals against Fulton. Luke was a big asset this game and was able to connect with his brother, William Rehagen, as he had one of the assists. Francesco Bona had the other assist with Luke Rehagen and provided us some attack on the outside mid. I thought the defense did a good job of staying organized and keeping us in the game. We will celebrate the win, but be ready to go for Thursday.”
While scoring both goals for the Pirates, who improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, Luke Rehagen gave Boonville its first lead at the 51 minute mark on the assist by his brother, Will Rehagen. Then, after Fulton tied the match at the 61 minute mark at 1-all, Rehagen scored again four minutes later at the 65 minute mark on the assist by Francesco Bona to make it 2-1.
As it turned out the lead would hold up as the Pirates held on for the victory.
Boonville also finished the match with nine shot attempts and five shots on goal while Fulton had only one shot attempt and one shot on goal.
Boonville senior goalie Avery Reardon also had nine saves in the match.
Boonville also won the JV match against Fulton by a score of 3-1.
The Pirates, improving to 2-1 on the season, led Fulton 2-0 at the half on goals by Tyler Schuster and Phoenix Price. Then, after a goal by Fulton to make it 2-1, Kameron Desmond came back with the go-ahead goal for the victory.
Jimmy Barbarotta and Tyler Schuster each had one assist in the match for Boonville.
James said the JV squad matched well against the young Fulton Hornets. “Lance Marshall allowed only one goal against the Fulton offense,” James said. “Junior Tyler Schuster scored the first goal of the game, followed by another from Phoenix Price. Freshman Kameron Desmond scored the final goal, ending the game at 3-1. I thought we should have had more goals, but we were unable to get them in the back of the net.”
Boonville’s JV finished the match with 11 shot attempts and 12 shots on goal while Fulton had seven shot attempts and one shot on goal.
Boonville goalie Lance Marshall also had  four saves in the match.