The Boonville Pirates soccer team had its most successful season yet by finishing 10-12 overall for the 2013 campaign.
Although the Pirates fell short in the championship of the district tournament against top-seeded Southern Boone of Ashland 7-1, head coach Tim Brown said it was the first time in several categories this season.
“It was the first time we had double-digit wins, it was the first time we had two players with double-digit goals; it was the first time we finished higher than last at the Camdenton Tournament; it was the first time we finished higher than last in the conference; it was the first time we played in a district final; and it was the first time we had all-region and all-state players. Combine all of that with the fact that we only had one senior starter, next year could be even better,” Brown said.
In the final-team standings in the NCMC, Hannibal and Marshall tied for first at 10-2. Moberly finished third at 7-5, followed by Mexico at 6-6, Kirksville at 4-8, Boonville sixth at 3-9 and Fulton seventh at 2-10.
As for the all-conference team, senior Nathan Green and junior Tyler Drew were both selected to the first team for the Pirates.
Green and Drew were also first-team all-district selections for Boonville along with freshman Alec Adair. Second-team all-district selections were Nolan Shikles, Josh Udinyiwe and Philip Udinyiwe. Honorable-mention selections were Braden Adams, Isaac Hinkle and Noah Lammers.
The post-season accolades also continued for Boonville as far as all-region, with Adair, Drew and Green heading the team.
Last but not least, Drew received the highest honor awarded during the 2013 season by receiving honorable-mention all-state.
While leading the team in scoring for the third straight season with 17 goals and eight assists, Brown said Drew is also the first Boonville student to make the all-state soccer team.
Green also received multiple post-season honors this past season for the Pirates. While finishing his second year as the team’s goalie, Green closed out the 2013 season with 145 saves and four shutouts. He is also Boonville boys’ soccer all-time leader in games started in goals, wins, shutouts and saves. “Nathan had a productive year with a career high in wins with 10, conference wins with three and shutouts with four,” Brown said.
While Green closed out his career in the district championship, Adair is just beginning. With 12 goals and eight assists on the season, Brown said Adair has the most productive season for a Boonville boys’ soccer freshman.
Shikles, Josh and Philip Udinyiwe Braden Adams, Isaac Hinkle and Noah Lammers also return next year for the Pirates.
Shikles, a junior, finished the season with one goal and one assist while playing back for Boonville. Brown said having scored the first goal of the season as a wing back, Shikles played just about every position during the season except goalkeeper.
Josh Udinyiwe, a freshman, also played the wing back position and finished the season with one goal and three assists. Brown said Udinyiwe worked in tandem with his brother, Phil, to creat the attack along the left side of the pitch.
Philip Udinyiwe also made a strong push for all-region if not for a late-season injury. But even then, Udinyiwe still managed to finish the season with nine goals and six assists.
“Starting at forward and playing at the attacking mid spot occasionally, Phil was always an attacking threat,” Brown said.
Adams will also return next season for the Pirates at the mid-fielder position. While finishing the season with one goal and one assist, Brown said Adams started nearly every match at the attacking mid position. “Braden acted at the pivot point between our defense and the attack,” Brown said.
Hinkle also played the mid-fielder position for the Pirates and finished the season with three assists. Brown said Hinkle started nearly every match at the holding mid position and played an integral part in starting the attack and in breaking down the opponents.
A early-season injury to the starting center back, Brown said Lammers moved into the position to solidify the back line and help the team to their fewest goals allowed in a season. Lammers also finished the season with one goal.