Nothing like spreading the wealth Monday night in the second conference match of the season against the Hannibal Pirates.
After blanking Fulton last Thursday in the NCMC opener 7-0, the Lady Pirates notched their second win overall and in the conference by beating Hannibal by a score of 4-1.
Boonville Lady Pirates soccer coach Tim Brown said Hannibal is always a very athletic and physical team.
“They press up the field and hold a high back line and they make it difficult to work the ball out of the back field,” Brown said. “However, whenever we noticed the backs pushed up, we made fewer passes for possession in our defensive half and opted for more thru balls and balls over the top, catching them on the couterattack and/or forcing some errors out of our opponents in their defensive half. The shot attempt totals were fairly even, but the quality goal-scoring opportunities were heavily in our favor.”
Weather-wise, the Lady Pirates couldn’t have asked for a better outing. After 39 degree temperatures last Thursday, Boonville had picture perfect weather against Hannibal. But more importantly, the Lady Pirates once again had four different players in the scoring column for the second match in a row.
After last week’s hat trick against Fulton, junior Hannah Fuemmeler again picked up a goal against Hannibal.
However it was senior Cali Jo McAreavy who got the ball rolling early for Boonville with a goal at the 3 minute mark on an assist from Fuemmeler to make it 1-0.
The Lady Pirates never trailed after that while adding another goal at the 10 minute mark on an assist from Leigha Vollmer to Fuemmeler to extend the lead to 2-0.
Boonville and Hannibal played to a draw for the remainder of the half, with the Lady Pirates up two goals to nothing.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Lady Pirates are developing a pattern with just one goal in their last-two games in the second half.
Boonville scored its only goal last week against the Columbia Hickman Kewpies in the second half and then were shutout against Fulton in the final 40 minutes.
However after battling back and forth for the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Lady Pirates finally got on the board at the 61 minute mark on an assist from Fuemmeler to Sariana Barbarotta to push the lead to 3-0. Then, for the final goal of the game for Boonville, junior Rosie Lenz picked up her second penalty kick of the season at the 65 minute mark to make it 4-0.
Hannibal, meanwhile, finally got on the board at the 73 minute mark to avoid the shutout. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, it was too little too late as Boonville held on for the victory.
Boonville also finished the match with 17 shot attempts and 11 shots on goal while Hannibal had only 12 shot attempts and three shots on goal.
As for saves in the match, senior Haylee Thomas had another quiet night with two on the night.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Hannibal by a score of 1-0.
The Lady Pirates, 2-1 on the season, scored their only point of the match at the 19 minute mark on an unassisted goal by Barbarotta.
Brown said one goal and good defense was the difference in the match (as it very often is at the JV level).
“The Hannibal JV out-possessed the Boonville JV, but the BHS squad created most of the scoring chances,” Brown said.
Boonville finished the match with nine shot attempts and five shots on goal compared to just two shot attempts and two shots on goal by Hannibal.
Sophomore goalie Brookelynn Chadwick also had two saves in the match.
The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team will travel to Marshall on Thursday, March 31st for a conference match starting at 5 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, April 5th, Boonville will host the Moberly Lady Spartans in NCMC play at the BHS Sports Complex starting at 5.