Will play top-seeded Southern Boone for the title starting at 6 p.m.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team may have pulled one out of the hat Monday night in the opening round of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament at the BHS Sports Complex.
After watching top-seeded Southern Boone win 6-1 over Osage in the first game, the Pirates knew they were in for a dogfight in the late game against No. 2 Fulton. While splitting games during the regular season with each winning at home, Boonville took it to the extreme Monday night by rallying from a 3-2 deficit with eight minutes left in the match to tie it at 3-all. Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the first overtime, Boonville came back at the 99th minute in the second overtime on a shot by Joshua Udinyiwe to give the Pirates a 4-3 victory.
Of course it gets tougher for the Pirates, 16-4 on the season, who now face Southern Boone in the championship game tonight at 6 p.m.
Boonville Pirates soccer coach Tim Brown said if the fans wanted an exciting soccer match, they got it against Fulton.
“Both teams split this season with dominant performances at each team’s home, so it seemed fitting that this match be a nailbiter that ends in overtime, and by the unlikiest of goal scorers: Joshua Udinyiwe volleyed in the game winner in the 99th minute during the second period off a well-taken corner by Alec Adair,” Brown said. “This was also Josh’s first goal of the season. This was a back and forth match with several lead changes, a few amazing goals, a couple of scrappy goals and a great crowd. Now we must face the No. 1 team in the state, Southern Boone, for the second season in a row, for the district title-a team that we have never defeated in five attempts.”
Not only was the score close against the Hornets, the two teams were also about even in shot attempts and shots on goal. Boonville finished the match with 33 shot attempts and 14 shots on goal while Fulton had 34 shot attempts and 14 shots on goals.
The Pirates also opened the game with the first goal when senior Tyler Drew scored 10 minutes in on an assist from Alec Adair. The kick from the corner put Boonville up only momentarily by a score of 1-0.
Six minutes later, Fulton answered with its first goal from 20 yards out on a kick from Austin Wilson to tie the match at 1-all. Wilson then picked up his second goal of the match 11 minutes later, or the 47th-minute mark in the second half, after dribbling past a Boonville defender and then squaring it up for a straight on kick past the diving Boonville goalie, Ryan Brown, to give the Hornets their first lead at 2-1.
The Pirates were not to be outdone, though. One minute later to the left side of the goal, senior Isaac Hinkle squirted a shot past the Fulton goalie after getting an assist from Josh Udinyiwe to tie the match at 2-all.
With little offense in the first half, Boonville and Fulton more than made up for it in the second half while combining for five goals. Fulton also took a 3-2 lead with a goal at the 48-minute mark on a shot by senior David Lazzari. Then, with only eight minutes left in the game, sophomore Philip Udinyiwe picked up his first goal of the match on an assist from Isaac Hinkle to tie it up for the third time at 3-3.
In the first overtime, Boonville and Fulton both had opportunities but were denied by great goalie play. Meanwhile, in the second overtime, the Pirates finally got the goal they were looking for when Joshua Udinyiwe scored on a perfect pass from Alec Adair in front of the net for the game-winning goal.
Ryan Brown also had several great saves in the match for Boonville and finished with 11 after 99 minutes.