Just like they have all season, the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team persevered last night on the road against St. Pius X of Kansas City in a Class 2 sectional game.
After trailing for pretty much the entire game after giving up a goal at the 30-minute mark in the first half, the Lady Pirates showed the fight and determination like they have all season by rallying back to tie the game with 30 seconds left in the match on an assist from Blake Allison to Cali Jo McAreavy from 40 yards out.
Meanwhile, after battling back and forth for two overtimes tied at 1-all, Boonville and St. Pius X went to a penalty shootout to decide who would move on to the quarterfinal round on Saturday.
As it turned out, the Lady Warriors outscored Boonville 4-3 in a penalty shootout for a 2-1 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 21-1 on the season, head coach Tim Brown said early in the first half the girls had trouble adjusting to St. Pius X’s forward’s speed and skill.
“Our goal was threatened more in the first 20 minutes of this match than all our other matches put together,” Brown said. “However, our goalkeeper and back line were up to the task, and it it weren’t for a very unfortunate penalty (which was the right call-it was just freakishly unlucky), we would have kept our shutout streak alive. After the first half, though, we settled in and began to really control play, and during the second half and all of overtime, all of the good chances were ours, but we just could not seem to find the finishing touch. In fact, it took a 40-yard bomb with a little help from the wind to get our only goal during the final minute of regulation. Unfortunately, that’s all we could muster up after averaging eight goals per match during the season. Then, we get the loss and end our season in the worst way-with only one loss from a penalty shootout.”
Brown said an interesting fact between the two teams is that in the last 32 matches combined (16 for Boonville and 16 for St. Pius X) since the second week of April, their goalkeepers and defenses only allowed four goals total. “We had 15 shutouts and allowed only the one penalty kick to St. Pius X 14 shutouts and three goals allowed, one of which was the one to Boonville,” Brown said. “That is some impressively stingy defense.”
In the penalty shootout, Rosie Lenz, Hannah Fuemmeler and Paige Peterson made kicks for the Lady Pirates. However, in the end, St. Pius X finished with just one more goal for the victory.
Despite the loss, Boonville finished the match with 22 shot attempts and 12 shots on goal while St. Pius X had 18 shot attempts and 10 shots on goal.
Junior goalie Haylee Thomas also finished the game with nine saves.
St. Pius X, 19-4 on the season, will face Maryville in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament on Saturday, May 30th. Maryville advanced by beating Chillicothe by a score of 2-0.