Four games in three days finally took its toll on the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team Saturday against Pembroke Hill (Kansas City).
After winning 3-0 over Moberly in a regular season game, the Lady Pirates turned around less than 24 hours later to beat Carl Junction 3-1 in the opening round of the 9th annual Central Missouri Soccer Invitational on Friday. Meanwhile, in the first game on Saturday, Boonville rallied past Barstow (Kansas City) for a 2-1 victory. However, in the fourth game in three days, head coach Tim Brown said his team had nothing left in the tank and as a result dropped a 1-0 decision against Pembroke Hill.
The loss dropped Boonville to 11-4 on the season.
“After three tough matches in three days, match No. 4 was too much,” Brown said. “We played really well against Moberly on Thursday, but we couldn’t finish, so most of the starters played most of the match. Then, against a good Carl Junction team, the starters played almost the entire match again, and it was probably our best performance of the season. Then, against a decent Barstow  team, we were already spent and could barely make runs up the field, so we went behind midway through the first half, but we responded right away and couldn’t pull ahead until near the end of the match-again, most of our starters played all minutes. Then, in the second match on Saturday, we went up against a very fresh looking Pembroke Hill, and we had nothing left in the tank-we couldn’t pressure or pass or make runs-it would be a nice team to see again after a couple days rest (the only goal came two minutes before the end of the match and resulted in only the second time we’ve been shut out in the last-two seasons.”
With only five goals in three games or 120 minutes of play, the Lady Pirates averaged 1.67 goals per game but gave up only 1.0 goal per game.
Senior goalie Haylee Thomas also had 15 saves in three games to extend her total to 40 for the season.
As for the opening match against Carl Junction, the Lady Pirates pushed all the right buttons while leading 2-1 at the break-both on goals by senior Cali Jo McAreavy at the 23 and 30-minute mark. Kate Peterson had both assists on the goals for her third and fourth of the season.
As for Carl Junction, they scored their only goal of the match at the 34-minute mark.
With the game still in doubt at the halfway point in the match, Boonville came back and tacked on another goal at the 55-minute mark on an assist from McAreavy to Hannah Fuemmeler to extend the lead to 3-1.
Carl Junction never got any closer in the match as both teams played to a stalemate for the remaining 25 minutes.
Boonville finished the match with 18 shot attempts and 11 shots on goal while Carl Junction had 11 shot attempts and seven shots on goal.
Thomas also had six saves in the match for Boonville.
In the second match against KC Barstow, the Lady Pirates actually trailed early on after giving up a goal at the 30-minute mark. But even that was short-lived as Boonville answered immediately with a goal on the assist from Fuemmeler to Shelby Wessing to tie the match at 1-all. Meanwhile, at the 55-minute mark in match, the Lady Pirates took the lead for good on the assist from Peterson to Edwards to make it 2-1.
The goal by Edwards was her eighth of the season while Wessing netted her third.
Boonville also finished the match with 13 shot attempts and seven shots on goal while Barstow had 11 shot attempts and six shots on goal.
Thomas had seven saves in the match for the Lady Pirates.
In the final game against Pembroke Hill, the Lady Pirates couldn’t seem to get anything going while giving up a goal at the 68 minute mark to suffer the loss.
Pembroke Hill also finished the match with 14 shot attempts compared to only eight for Boonville. The Lady Raiders also had five shots on goal while Boonville had only four.
As for saves in the match, Thomas had four for the Lady Pirates.