The Boonville Pirates soccer team fell to 1-4-2 on the season by losing to the Battle Spartans Tuesday night in Columbia by a score of 5-0.
Although the shutout was the third in four games for the Pirates, head coach Kaz James said Battle is a talented team who did a good job of getting numbers forward and quick ball movement.
“We started off slow tonight and allowed five goals, but our second half is where the boys really showed heart,” James said. “They made the changes that we talked about at half and kept it 0-0. We had a couple of chances on goal, but fell short. This was a test for us as we faced a similar problem against Southern Boone. Tonight the boys did a much better job and did not allow any goals in the second half.”
Battle scored all five goals in the first half at the 6, 28, 33, 34 and 38 minute mark.
The Spartans also finished the match with nine shot attempts and four shots on goal while Boonville had one shot attempt and only one shot on goal.
Junior goalie Gabe Lorenz also had eight saves in the match for Boonville.
In junior varsity action, Boonville and Battle played to a 2-2 tie.
James said the JV boys soccer team played well against an impressive Battle Spartans JV team. “The boys took an early lead with a goal by Will Rehagen,” James said. “Battle replied with a goal of their own soon after. In the second half, the JV team scored again early with a goal by sophomore Kameron Desmond. The Spartans scored a late goal to tie the game. This was the JV’s first full game, and we are proud and excited for the new young potential.”
Junior Will Rehagen scored an unassisted goal for Boonville’s first point of the match. Meanwhile, after Battle answered at the 21 minute mark to tie the match at 1-all, the Pirates came back and took the lead again at 2-1 on a goal by Kameron Desmond and a assist by Jimi Barbarotta. Then, at the 61 minute mark, the Spartans answered goal to end the match in a tie.
Boonville’s JV finished the match with seven shot attempts and four shots on goal while Battle had 11 shot attempts and three shots on goal.
Boonville JV goalie Gabe Brimer had four saves in the match.
The JV team is currently 0-0-3 on the season.