The Boonville Pirates soccer team sure knows how to entertain the crowd.
While traveling to Father Tolton for the season opener on Tuesday, the Pirates finally got the result they were looking for by outscoring the Trailblazers 5-4 in penalty kicks for a 3-2 victory.
Boonville Pirates soccer coach Tim Brown said other than the eventual victory, the first match of the season did not go nearly as well as they had hoped.
“In addition to two starters missing from the lineup and two starters playing injured, our shape was off, we were far too careless in possession most of the match, we made some serious mistakes in the backfield, and we could not finish,” Brown said. “That being said, we did have some rather inspired moments over the 100 minutes of play and the penalty shootout: Adair’s two goals, Philip Udinyiwe shredding the midfield with his aggressive dribbling, regular encouragement and communication from the centerbacks, four freshmen made appearances in the match (Chrisman, Esser, Rehagen and Witting), and Lang came up with two big saves in the penalty shootout.”
Senior Alec Adair had both goals in the match for Boonville, the first coming at the 29-minute mark unassisted. As for the second, senior Joshua Udinyiwe assisted Adair at the 40-minute mark to give the Pirates a 2-1 advantage at the half.
As for Father Tolton’s lone goal in the first half, the Trailblazers took a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 10-minute mark. The Trailblazers also scored at the 51 minute mark to tie the match at 2-all. Meanwhile, after playing to two overtimes, Boonville finally got the break they were looking for by out-shooting Father Tolton in the penalty shootout 5-4.
The Pirates also finished the match with 21 shot attempts and nine shots on goal while Father Tolton had 12 shot attempts and four shots on goal.
Senior goalie Riley Lang, meanwhile, finished the match with two saves.
In the junior varsity match, Father Tolton needed no overtime while beating Boonville 3-1.
Father Tolton again opened the game with the first goal at the 15-minute mark only to have the Pirates rally four minutes later on an assist from 00000 Witting to 000000 Vivas to tie the match at 1-all at the half. The Trailblazers would add two more goals in the second half at the 36 and 70 minute mark to preserve the victory.
Brown said the JV Pirates put up a good fight in the first half, but the JV Trailblazers had several more attacking options than Boonville’s young and inexperienced squad.
Father Tolton finished the match with 11 shot attempts and seven shots on goal while Boonville had only six shot attempts and three shots on goal.
Boonville JV goalie 00000 Marshall had four saves in the match.