The Boonville Pirates soccer team did everything they could to stop the Hannibal Pirates in NCMC action Thursday night in Hannibal.
Having lost to the Pirates already at home by a score of 4-2, Boonville had a chance to pull off the upset and at the same time knock off Hannibal on its home turf. And for a while it looked like the Pirates were going to do just that after scoring a goal at the 27 minute mark in the first half on the assist from Josh Chrisman to Francesco Bona to go up 1-0.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they had nothing to show in the second half as Hannibal rallied back with four unanswered goals at the 56, 75, 78 and 79 minute mark for a 4-1 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 8-7 overall and 6-3 in the NCMC, head coach Kaz James said the match against Hannibal was a tough loss. “I thought we played well and gave our best effort,” James said. “We got a late goal in the first half, creating some momentum for us. In the second half, Hannibal created a lot of dangerous opportunities and they put away their chances. Avery Reardon kept us in the game and made some great saves. Our challenge as a group as we move forward is playing the full 80 minutes and not dropping our level. We need to play from the first whistle to the last whistle.”
Hannibal also finished the match with 13 shot attempts and two shots on goal while Boonville had two shot attempts and two shots on goal.
As for saves in the match, senior goalie Avery Reardon had another busy night with 12 against Hannibal.
In the JV match, Boonville and Hannibal played to a 0-0 tie.
Coach James said the JV Pirates played a strong game against an older and more experienced Hannibal team. “Neither Boonville or Hannibal were able to put the game away to end in a tie,” James said. “I thought our defense matched very well against our opponent. Though no victor was announced, the JV Pirates earned their seven shutout.”
Boonville, 6-3-3 on the season, finished the match with one shot attempt and six shots on goal while Hannibal had one shot attempt and three shots on goal.
Boonville JV goalie Lance Marshall also had one save in the match.
The Boonville Pirates golf team will play next on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd at Marshall starting at 5 p.m. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 5th, the Pirates will host the Moberly Spartans in NCMC action at Gene Reagan field starting at 5.