A total of eight players land on either NCMC, All-District, All-Region or All-State Team
If you can take anything away from the 2016 season for the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team, they once again proved to be consistent night in and night out on the soccer field.
As the reigning NCMC champions with a record of 11-1, the Lady Pirates also captured their fourth straight district title by beating the Southern Boone Lady Eagles 3-1. But just like the previous four seasons, Boonville had its season cut short by losing in the sectional round of the state playoffs-the last two coming against St. Pius X out of Kansas City-by one goal.
Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates once again posted double digit wins this season under head coach Tim Brown at 17-5 overall while scoring a total of 95 goals for an average of 4.318 goals per game while only allowing 14 goals for an average of 0.636 per game.
The Lady Pirates also placed a total of eight players on either the all-conference (8), all-district (7), all-region (5) or all-state team (4) for the 2016 season.
In addition, Boonville also had the Class 2 Region 4 co-defensive player of the year in junior Rosie Lenz and the Public Coach of the Year in Tim Brown.
On the NCMC All-Conference Team, Rosie Lenz (defender), Cali Jo McAreavy (forward), Sophie Taube (midfielder) and Kate Peterson (midfielder) were all selected to the first team while Haylee Thomas (goalie), Leigha Vollmer (defender) and Brynn Edwards (forward) were named to the second team.
On the Class 2 District 14 All-District team, Lenz, McAreavy, Taube, Peterson, Fuemmeler, Thomas and Edwards were again named to the list. Meanwhile, on the Class 2 Region 4 (Districts 13-16), the Lady Pirates placed four players on the team, which included Lenz, McAreavy, Fuemmeler, Taube and Peterson.
As for the Class 2 All-State Team, which was released on Friday, Lenz and McAreavy were both selected to the first team while Taube was a second-team selection and Peterson honorable-mention.
Despite the number of accolades, Brown said the Lady Pirates were a bit inconsistent at times, but overall the season went very well. “We won the NCMC for the second consecutive year, and we won our district for the fourth straight year (if we could only figure out how to get over the sectional hump),” Brown said.
Of course there was nothing inconsistent about the play of senior Cali Jo McAreavy, who not only led the team in goals with 28 but also the area. In two years, McAreavy has scored a total of 66 goals. She also had a team-leading eight goals and a total of 66 points based on a scale by Coach Brown.
“Cali really does it all: creates, protects, scores, tackles, heads, leads-and if we didn’t have to face St. Pius X (KC) in the sectional back-to-back years, she’s one of those who deserves to be showcasing her skills at the state tournament,” Brown said. “Realistically, she should be up for a state-level individual award, but that’s tough to justify when her team goes out in the sectional round (even though it was to the 2015 state runner up and the 2016 third place finisher).”
Junior Rosie Lenz also had her best season to date as a defender for the Lady Pirates. While finishing with seven goals, one assist and one-game winning goal for the 2016 season, Brown said Lenz’s side of the backfield has been nearly impenetrable for the last-two years as she is strong and fast and has a good touch/tackle, and she was also 6 for 6 as the team’s penalty taker. “This year we had .64 Goals Against Average (over the last-two seasons it’s been .43 GAA with a schedule mostly against schools bigger than us and/or private).”
While McAreavy provides the offense and Lenz the defense, senior Sophie Taube and sophomore Kate Peterson are the two players who provide both throughout the season. In 22 games, Taube finished with four goals, five assists and one game-winning goal while Peterson had six goals and 16 assists.
Brown said Taube was regional co-defensive player of the year in 2015 and had an equally impressive senior year (if not more so considering the caliber of opponent greatly increased in 2016. As for Peterson, Brown said she is one of the strongest middle-of-the-field dribblers and tacklers around.
Junior Hannah Fuemmeler also improved twofold during the 2016 season while leading the team in assists with 18 and finishing second only to McAreavy in goals with 20. Fuemmeler also tied for second on the team with Brynn Edwards for game-winning goals with three.
Brown said Fuemmeler is one of the best target forwards around, and has done an excellent job these past two seasons almost always being out-numbered when receiving the ball.
Of course nobody had a better district tournament than Edwards, who scored five of the team’s 10 goals in two games. For the season, Edwards finished third in goals scored behind McAreavy and Fuemmeler with 17 and also had 17 assists.
Brown said Edwards receives and distributes the ball as well as anyone on the team. “If we just took the end of the season (last 5-6 matches), Brynn would be all-state,” Brown said.
Senior Haylee Thomas also had the stats to back up her play for the 2016 season. While earning all-conference, all-district and all-region two years running, Thomas was also one of the best-if not the best-goalies in the area during that span. For the season, Thomas had 12 shutouts in 22 games and allowed only 14 goals for a goals against average of 0.64. She has also helped Boonville post a record of 38-6 the last-two seasons.
Brown said Thomas was not tested much over the season, but she always came up big when her team needed her the most.
As for Vollmer, she played opposite of Lenz as a defender and was one of the reasons why the Lady Pirates allowed so few goals during the 2016 season. She also had one assist on the season.
Brown said Vollmer was a strong center back with good feet and brings the ball down well. “Leigha should be looking at most postseason accolades next year,” Brown said.