The annual Camdenton Invitational Soccer Tournament was more about playing tough competition than winning or losing over the weekend.
Although the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team experienced both by finishing 1-1-1 overall in the two-day tournament, head coach Kaz James said the girls learned a lot and are better for it as they start getting closer to districts.
“We have some things to work on for next week, but this was a good weekend for the girls to get a chance to play some tough teams,” James said.
In the opening game on Friday, the Lady Pirates settled for a 1-1 tie against Camdenton.
After playing to a 0-0 tie at the half, Boonville scored first on a goal by Blake Allison and assist by Sariana Barbarotta at the 51 minute mark to go up 1-0. Then, at the 60 minute mark, Camdenton rallied back to tie the game at 1-all.
James said the girls played an awesome game. “I think this was one of our best games as a team,” James said. “We moved the ball really well and used the outside mids a lot in the attack. We gave up a late goal in the second half. The girls did everything they could to get the goal back, but ended in a tie. This game was a great learning experience for the girls as we move forward.
Boonville also had eight shot attempts and five shots on goal in the match while Camdenton had four shot attempts and two shots on goal.
Boonville goalie Sarah Miller also had five saves.
In the match on Saturday against Pembroke Hill out of Kansas City, the Lady Pirates fell by a score of 2-0 after giving up goals at the 2 and 67 minute mark.
James said the girls created some good chances against Pembroke Hill, but could not capitalize.
Pembroke Hill finished the match with eight shot attempts and 12 shots on goal while Boonville had only three shots on goals.
Miller also had a huge game for the Lady Pirates at the goalie position with nine saves.
In the final game against Waynesville on Saturday, the Lady Pirates won in another close battle by a score of 2-1.
Boonville also led at the half by a score of 1-0 after a goal by Jaden McKee and assist by Barbarotta at the 11 minute mark. Then, after a goal by Waynesville, Barbarotta came back with an unassisted goal at the 62 minute mark for the victory.
James said the girls grinded it out and found a way to win the game. “It was nice to see the girls end the last game of the tournament on a positive note by beating Waynesville,” James said.
Boonville finished the match with three shot attempts and three shots on goal while Waynesville had 11 shot attempts and seven shots on goal.
Miller also had nine saves in the game for Boonville, who improved to 10-4-1 on the season.