Eric Warren ties school record with four goals
For the the Boonville Pirates soccer team, the 6-3 win over the Stover Bulldogs last night at the BHS Sports Complex could have come soon enough.
After three straight losses to start the season, the Pirates can at least celebrate for the time being after knocking off the Bulldogs by a score of 6-3.
While the win improved Boonville's record to 1-3 overall, head coach Tim Brown said it probably would be considered pretty, but at least the team found the finishing touch.
"Eric Warren tied a school record with four goals and Tyler Drew had two. Hopefully we can build off of this as a team. We still need to do a much better job of protecting the ball, supporting the ball, and protecting the goal, but being mostly underclassmen, they still have plenty of time to improve their individual skill and their teamwork as long as they are willing to put in the extra time and effort to get there."
In a varsity only match, the Pirates got off to a slow start after giving up a goal two minutes in the match. However for the next-38 minutes, Boonville dominated Stover by scoring two goals-the first at the 18 minute mark on an assist from Isaac Hinkle to Eric Warren. Six minutes later at the 24 minute mark, Hinkle and Warren hooked up again to give Boonville the lead at the half by a score of 2-1.
The Pirates would then dominate the next 35 minutes of the second half by scoring back-to-back goals at the 44 and 51 minute mark. At the 44 minute mark, sophomore Nolan Shikles assisted Tyler Drew to extend Boonville's lead to 3-1. Then, at the 51 minute mark, Drew scored his second goal of the match on an assist from Jared Edler to make it 4-1.
Of course Stover didn't go down without a fight. at the 75 minute mark, the Bulldogs scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead in half at 4-2. Then, one minute later at the 76 minute mark, Stover struck again with a goal to make it 4-3.
Fortunately for Boonville, the Bulldogs never got any closer as the Pirates came back with two goals at the 80-minute mark. Shikles again assisted Warren on the first of two goals at the 80 minute mark while Hinkle picked up his third assists of the night.
The Pirates also finished the match with 12 shots on goal and 32 shot attempts while Stover had only six shots on goal and 12 shot attempts.
Junior goalie Nathan Green also had three saves in the match for Boonville.
As for fouls in the match, Boonville had eight compared to just six for Stover.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will play again tonight on the road at Marshall starting at 5 p.m.