The Boonville Pirates soccer team continue to struggle to score goals.
Thursday night at home against the Marshall Owls, the Pirates suffered their fourth shutout in six matches in a 3-0 loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC, head coach Kaz James said the boys did a good job defensively by keeping it close in the first half. “I thought we held our own and got a couple dangerous chances in the first half,” James said. “In the second half, we fell behind by giving up two goals. The group this year is a hard working group and has a lot of heart. Each game we continue to grow and improve in the areas that need improvement.”
Marshall scored the game’s only goal in the first half at the 17 minute mark and then added two more goals in the second half at the 53 and 68 minute mark for the victory.
The Owls also finished the match with six shot attempts and 21 shots on goal while Boonville had two shot attempts and five shots on goal.
Boonville goalie Avery Reardon also had a busy night with 17 saves in the match.
Marshall also won the JV match by a score of 2-1.
James said the JV game was a very close ending.
“Marshall scored their first goal very early in the match,” James said. “The second goal was late in the first half. Both of Marshall’s goals were beautiful shots. However, I thought we responded very well, but were not able to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Despite the loss I thought we were very competitive against Marshall.”
The Owls scored both of their goals at the 16 and 39 minute mark while Boonville’s lone goal also came at the 39 minute mark on a penalty kick by Jimmy Barbarotta.
Marshall had two shot attempts and five shots on goal in the match while Boonville had one shot attempt and 13 shots on goal.
The loss dropped Boonville’s JV to 3-2-1 on the season.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will host the Kirksville Tigers on Monday, Sept. 11th at Gene Reagan field starting at 5 p.m.