The Boonville Pirates soccer team stood toe to toe with the Hannibal Pirates for over 40 minutes Thursday night in NCMC action at Gene Reagan field.
But what happened after that is anybodys guess as Hannibal scored on three straight goals and never looked back for a 4-2 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the NCMC, head coach Kaz James said this was a tough loss. “Not the result I was looking for, but the boys did everything they could to get back in the game,” James said. “Francesco Bona played a great game. He played a huge role as an attacking midfielder by creating opportunities for us up top. Aaron Adams also had a great game stepping into the midfield by helping us out defensively and being strong winning the 50/50 battles. Hannibal moved the ball well and created lots of opportunities. I think this is a good learning experience for us as a team as we move forward.”
Unfortunately for Boonville, the Pirates (Hannibal) were the only ones moving forward in the first half while taking a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 21 minute mark. Then, at the 41 minute mark in the match, Boonville rallied back to tie the game at 1-all on the penalty kick by Francesco Bona.
The Pirates never got any closer in the match as Hannibal scored three straight goals at the 48, 54 and 73 minute mark to extend the lead to 4-1. Then, with approximately one minute left in the match, senior Luke Rehagen took a pass from Bryce Page and squeezed it under the goalie for a goal to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
Hannibal also finished the match with 16 shot attempts and 18 shots on goal while Boonville had only two shot attempts and five shots on goal.
Boonville senior goalie Avery Reardon also had 19 saves in the match.
In JV action, Boonville and Hannibal played to a 0-0 tie.
James said the JV team played a tough game against an admirable opponent. “No goals were scored in the match, but I thought the kids out-played Hannibal,” James said. “Again, the boys need to find the back of the net in order to put the game away.”
Boonville’s JV, 2-1-1 on the season, finished the match with four shot attempts and seven shots on goal while Hannibal had three shot attempts and five shots on goal.
Boonville JV goalie Lance Marshall also had five saves in the match.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will host the Battle Spartans on Tuesday, Sept 5th at Gene Reagan field starting at 5 p.m.