Improve to 15-1-1 overall and 12-0 in the NCMC
For the second time in three years, the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team reigned as supreme in the North Central Missouri Conference by finishing 12-0 in league play.
With this being the final match before the start of the district tournament next week in Pleasant Hill, the Lady Pirates wanted nothing more than to end the regular season on a positive note and send the three seniors off with a win.
“We were tinkering with our formation a bit, but once we settled in, we were creating some really good chances,” said Boonville coach Tim Brown. “For the second time in three years, we finished 12-0 in the NCMC.”
In addition to beating Kirksville 7-0, the Lady Pirates also recorded their 13th shutout of the season and third in a row. Tuesday’s match also marked the 11th hat trick of the season.
Sophomore Sariana Barbarotta had the honor against Kirksville with a three-goal game. She now has 18 goals on the season. Brynn Edwards finished the match with two goals for her 25th while Rosie Lenz and Shelby Wessing had one goal each for their 10th and third, respectively.
Needless to say, the first half was slow by Boonville’s standards while scoring only four goals against the Lady Tigers.
Although Kirksville never really threatened in the match with only four shot attempts and two shots on goal, Boonville came out and set the tone early 12 minutes in on a goal by Barbarotta and assist by Hannah Fuemmeler to make it 1-0.
The Lady Pirates, who improved to 15-1-1 on the season, never trailed from that point on in the match, scoring 15 minutes later at the 27 minute mark with Barbarotta and Fuemmeler again hooking up to extend the lead to 2-0. Then, at the 28 minute mark, Edwards scored her first goal of the night on the assist by Barbarotta to push the lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, on the final goal of the half, Edwards and Barbarotta hooked up again at the 32 minute mark to give Boonville a 4-0 lead at the break.
The second half was pretty much like the first, with Barbarotta finding the net at the 46 minute mark on an assist by Edwards to make it 5-0.
Boonville would score two more times in the half, the second goal coming at the 71 minute mark on a shot by Shelby Wessing (3rd) and assist by Fuemmeler (17th). Then, to cap off the scoring, Rosie Lenz picked up goal No. 10 on the season on the assist by Edwards (12) to extend the lead to 7-0.
Boonville also had 30 shot attempts and 18 shots on goal in the game while goalie Jamie Lemmons finished the match with two saves.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Kirksville 5-1 to finish the regular season at 11-4 overall.
Brown said the JV Lady Pirates were 3-4 after their loss to Father Tolton back on April 11th. Brown added that the JV team then went on to win its last eight matches in a row to close out the 2017 campaign (with seven shutouts and only allowing one goal in their final match of the season against JV Kirksville.
“Sophomore Jaden McKee led the JV Lady Pirates with 19 goals and 12 assists,” Brown said. “Freshman Sarah Miller led the team in goal with 11 wins and eight shutouts.”
Unlike the varsity team, the JV Lady Pirates had a little closer match for a half while leading Kirksville 2-1.
Boonville scored first on the goal by Olivia Browning and assist by Kyla Farris at the 16 minute mark. Meanwhile, after Kirksville tied the match one minute later, the Lady Pirates added their second goal at the 34 minute mark on an unassisted goal by McKee to make it 2-1.
Boonville also put up three goals in the second half, with Ashley Tilman scoring at the 51 minute mark on an assist by Brookelynn Chadwick. Then, at the 55 minute mark, McKee picked up her second goal of the night on the assist by Chadwick to extend the lead to 4-1. Meanwhile, on the final goal, Browning found the back of the net at the 67 minute mark on the assist by Farris to make it 5-1.
Boonville’s JV also had 25 shot attempts and 11 shots on goal while Kirksville had seven shot attempts and five shots on goal.
Boonville freshman goalie Sarah Miller, meanwhile, finished the match with four saves.
Other players who contributed goals this season were Mille Dorman with 12, Olivia Browning with five, Maddie Weber with four, Ashley Tilman three, Heather Kempf two and Kyla Farris and Bailey Brimer each with one.
As for assist on the season, Browning had 11, Farris six, Dorman five, Weber and Brookelynn Chadwick each with two and Tilman, Kempf, Aarica Shay and Bayli Collins each with one.
The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team will begin district play on Tuesday, May 16th in Pleasant Hill. The Lady Pirates, the No. 2 seed behind Pleasant Hill, will play third-seeded Oak Grove starting at 7 p.m. Pleasant Hill will play Clinton in the first game at 5:30.
The winners will advance to the championship match on Thursday, May 18th starting at 6:30 p.m.