After three cancellations and several inches of snow on the ground, the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team finally got the go-ahead last night in the season opener against the Fulton Hornets.
Although snow still covered parts of the field at the BHS Sports Complex, the Lady Pirates couldn’t have asked for a better opener by beating Fulton in the final seconds of the match 2-1.
Boonville soccer coach Tim Brown said the girls have waited a long time for their first match, nearly five weeks, but they got the result they were looking for.
“We were nervous going in because we did not feel prepared (having spent only about five days outdoors on an actual field), and because we had to start the season with a conference and district match against a good team who had already played two matches, but our girls played pretty well overall,” stated Brown. “Other than the first 15 minutes of the second half, we controlled play, spending most of the match in Fulton’s end, and we created the most scoring chances. Now, we need to learn how to finish better.”
The Lady Pirates, 1-0 overall and in the conference, will have little time to catch their breath with another conference match tonight at home against the Marshall Owls starting at 5 p.m.
Although Fulton already had two games in for the 2013 season, it was the Lady Pirates who controlled most of the first half while playing on the Lady Hornets end of the field. Nonetheless, Boonville and Fulton played to a 0-0 tie for the first 40 minutes of the match.
Meanwhile, in the second half, the Lady Hornets got on the board first with a goal at the 57 minute mark to go up 1-0.
Of course it didn’t take long for Boonville to answer. Nine minutes to be exact. Although the Lady Pirates had one goal nullified, they would come back at the 66 minute mark to tie the match when senior McKenna McAreavy assisted senior Katie Vest on a goal.
Boonville and Fulton would battle back and forth for the next 13 minutes with the score knotted at 1-all. Meanwhile, at the 80 minute mark, Sophie Taube made a perfect pass to senior Bailey Pfeiffer for the winning goal.
The Lady Pirates also won the battle against Fulton for shot attempts and shots on goal in the match with 23-13 and 10-8, respectively.
The Lady Hornets, meanwhile, finished the match with seven fouls compared to just six for Boonville.
As for saves in the match, junior goalie Cassidy Renfrow had seven.
Boonville also won the JV match against Fulton by a score of 6-1.
While leading 4-1 at the break, Boonville’s JV opened the match with a goal at the 5 minute mark on an assist from Daryl Fagan to Jessi Matney. Then, after Fulton tied the match with a goal at the 9 minute mark, the Lady Pirates came back and reeled off three more goals before the half. Freshman Kayla Cotten scored the second goal for Boonville at the 22-minute mark. Meanwhile, at the 25-minute mark, Christina Dalton assisted Angie Carney Jackson to make it 3-1. Then, to closeout the scoring in the first half, Jackson assisted Cotten again on a goal to extend the lead to 4-1.
The Lady Pirates would add two more goals in the second half, with Bailey Magyar assisting Holly Krumm at the 59-minute mark. Then, at the 65 minute mark, Matney picked up her second goal of the match on a penalty kick.
Coach Brown said the JV Lady Pirates looked solid from whistle to whistle. “Other than one catastrophic mistake in our penalty box (trying to settle a flighted ball directly in front of goal-a definite lack of experience type mistake), the play almost exclusively went our direction.”
Boonville’s JV finished the match with 37 shot attempts and 10 shots on goal compared to three shot attempts and three shots on goal by Fulton.
The Lady Pirates also had six fouls in the match compared to three for Fulton.
Boonville freshman Haylee Thomas also had two saves in the match.