To get to Friday’s match against the Hannibal Pirates, the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team knew they had to take care of business Tuesday night on the road against the Kirksville Tigers.
While the match against Hannibal will decide if the Lady Pirates share a piece of title or if Hannibal wins it outright, Boonville left little doubt against Kirksville by jumping out to a 2-0 halftime lead en route to a 6-0 victory.
Boonville soccer coach Kaz James said the girls started off slow in the first half and had a bad first touch. “I thought we battled through it,” James said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and came out scoring four goals in the second half. The girls did a much better job in the midfield by changing the pace of the game. Olivia Gholson got her second goal of the season. Kate Peterson had two singles while Sariana Barbarotta had a hat trick. The defense had another shutout on the season.”
The shutout was the 10th of the season for Boonville, who improved to 13-4-1 overall and 10-1 in the NCMC.
As for the scoring, Boonville opened the first half with back to back goals by Kate Peterson for her 23rd and 24th of the season. Peterson’s first goal came unassisted at the 23 minute mark while the second found the back of the net at the 32 minute mark on an assist by Barbarotta.
Barbarotta found the net on three different occasions in the second half for the hat trick. Barbarotta scored her first goal at the 52 minute mark on an assist by Peterson and then picked up two more goals unassisted at the 70 and 77 minute mark to extend the lead to 5-0. Then, to closeout the scoring in the game, Olivia Gholson scored her second goal of the season at the 79 minute mark on an assist by Peterson.
Barbarotta continues to lead the Lady Pirates in assists with 17 while Peterson has 12.
For the match, Boonville had 13 shot attempts and nine shots on goal while Kirksville finished with only two shot attempts and one shot on goal.
Boonville goalie Sarah Miller had three saves in the match.
In the JV game, Kirksville defeated Boonville 4-1.
James said the JV was beat by a Kirksville team that was able to find gaps through the defensive line. “Eliza Adams worked hard for our one goal,” James said. “Cayley Hollon led the defense well even though we lost the game.”
Boonville’s lone goal of the match came at the 54 minute mark by the foot of Eliza Adams.
Kirksville, meanwhile, scored at the 8, 38, 56 and 58 minute mark for the win.
The Lady Tigers also had nine shot attempts and nine shots on goal in the match while Boonville had five shot attempts and two shots on goal.
Freshman goalie Julianne Bromagen had six saves for Boonville, who dropped to 8-5-1 on the season.