Boonville senior Alec Adair just can’t stop scoring goals for the Pirates soccer team.
With three goals Monday night on the road against Kirksville and four at home Tuesday against Moberly, Adair had pretty much hit his quota for the week. That is until Thursday night’s match at Mexico in which Adair scored a season-high five goals to lead the Pirates past the Bulldogs 8-0.
Although the Pirates have outscored their last-three opponents 24-1, head coach Tim Brown said for as many matches the Pirates have started kind of sluggish, but once they settled in it was pretty impressive to watch. “Now that the attack is finding the finishing touch (24 goals scored in the last three matches-only one goal conceded and it was a beauty), if we could just work out a few organizational kinks we are going to be hard to handle,” Brown said. “Senior forward Alec Adair scored his third consecutive hat trick, senior goalkeeper Riley Lang and the Pirate defense recorded their second shutout in a row, and senior midfielder Philip Udinyiwe recorded his 17th assists of the season (tying the school record for assists in a season-and we still have half of the season left to play).”
While recording their third shutout of the season, it’s safe to say the match against Mexico was pretty much over at the half as Boonville led 5-0.
And once again Adair did his damage mostly in the first half by scoring three of his five goals to lead the Pirate charge. What has become a potent one-two punch in Adair and Philip Udinyiwe, the duo picked up where they left off against Moberly by combining for the first goal of the night at the 5 minute mark.
The Pirates would score eight minutes later at the 13 minute mark on an assist from Joshua Udinyiwe to Philip Udinyiwe. Udinyiwe would add another goal at the 19 minute mark for his 12th of the season to extend the lead to 3-0. Then, at the 26 minute mark, Adair picked up his second goal on a penalty kick to make it 4-0. Adair also scored right before the half on an assist from Brady Gholson at the 40-minute mark to push the lead to 5-0 at the break.
The second half was no different than the first as Boonville put up three goals and held Mexico scoreless for a second straight half. The first goal of the second half came at the 47 minute mark on an assist from Philip Udinyiwe to Luke Rehagen (4th goal of the season). Then, at the 64 minute mark, Luke Rehagen assisted Adair on his fourth goal to extend the lead to 7-0. Then, on the final goal in the game, Philip Udinyiwe (17th assists of the season) and Adair heard their names called again at the 65 minute mark to make it 8-0.
Boonville also finished the match with 26 shot attempts and 14 shots on goal while Mexico had only eight shot attempts and two shots on goals.
Senior goalie Riley Lang also had two saves in the match for the Pirates, who improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the NCMC.
In the JV match, Boonville and Mexico played to a 1-1 tie.
Brown said the JV Pirates played their best match yet but still could not find the goal they needed to win it. “They played excellent defense and hit the frame of the goal multiple times on attack and outshot their opponents.”
Mexico opened the scoring with a penalty kick at the 54 minute mark, followed by a Boonville goal at the 73 minute mark on an assist from Alejandro Vivas to Josh Chrisman.
The Pirate JV also finished the match with 28 shot attempts and 16 shots on goal while Mexico had 12 shot attempts and six shots on goal.
Boonville JV goalie Lance Marshall also had five saves in the match.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will host the Kirksville Tigers in a rescheduled match on Monday, Sept. 19th at Gene Reagan Field starting at 5 p.m.