The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team couldn’t have scripted its final season in the NCMC any better while finishing in a two-way tie for first with Hannibal at 11-1.
Although the Lady Pirates fell short in the Class 2 District 11 Tournament at Oak Grove, they still managed to finish the season at 14-5-1 overall under first-year coach Kaz James.
James said this group was an exceptional group to work with for her first year. “The seniors played a big piece in this,” James said. “The seniors held high standards and worked hard throughout the season. We got better each game and improved at practice. We did not end our season the way we hoped to, but this is how soccer is and it may not go your way every time.”
As for the NCMC, James said it’s an ok conference. She said there was not a whole lot of challenges for the Lady Pirates except a few games.
“I think it will be good for us to be out of the conference and becoming an independent,” James said. “The all-conference and all-district players that received first and second team are more than deserving of this award. Each of them brought something to the team and made us better as a whole.”
Marshall finished third in the NCMC at 8-4, followed by Kirksville at 6-6, Moberly at 3-9, Mexico at 2-10 and Fulton at 1-11.
Players selected to the all-conference first team for Boonville were Leigha Vollmer at defender and Sariana Barbarotta and Kate Peterson as midfielders.
Second team selections were Brooke Coleman and Blake Allison at defender and Brynn Edwards as a midfielder.
On the Class 2 District 11 All-District Team, Peterson and Coleman were both first team selections while Maddie Weber and Allison were second team picks.
Here is what Coach James had to say about the all-conference and all-district players along with their stats:
Kate Peterson, MF, Sr.
Peterson finished the season with 24 goals and 12 assists for the Lady Pirates.
“A solid player in the midfield and gets involved in the attack a lot,” James said. “Kate looks to play a ball over the top into space for the forwards to run onto. She is another player that reads the field well and notices when the defense is out of shape. Kate also played some outside mid as well. She was very aggressive when she attacked the opponents back line.”
Leigha Vollmer, D, Sr.
Vollmer had one goal on the season as a defender for the Lady Pirates.
“Leigha is a smart defender and reads the field well,” James said. “She controls the field and leads by example with how she plays. She is a great leader in the back and makes sure the group is together and not out of shape. She has great clearances out of the back.”
Blake Allison, D, Sr.
Allison had five goals and five assists as a defender for the Lady Pirates.
“Blake was a senior this season that has a great attitude and led by example on the field for the younger girls,” James said. “She is another player that works hard on and off the ball. Blake was able to play both sides of the ball defense and attacking. She dropped back as outside back and did an outstanding job for us in the back this season.”
Brynn Edwards, MF, Sr.
Edwards made the switch from forward to midfielder this season for the Lady Pirates and finished with six goals and nine assists.
“Brynn is able to hit the ball from anywhere outside the 18 yard box,” James said. “She is a great leader for the group this season as well. Brynn did a great job in the holding mid spot. She held the middle down if one of our mids stepped in the attack. She was another player who had good distribution.”
Maddie Weber, D, Sr.
As a defender for the Boonville Lady Pirates, Weber scored six goals during the season.
“Maddie is a solid attacker who has been aggressive for us top and who moves off the ball well to give her some space from defenders,” James said. “She has done a great job of being dangerous when she get inside the box.”
Sariana Barbarotta, MF, Jr.
Barbarotta led the Lady Pirates with 18 assists and finished second in scoring this past season with 20.
“Sariana is another player with a great work rate and another fit player on the team,” James said. “She has a lot of knowledge of the game and is dangerous when she has the ball at her feet. She is a versatile player and is able to play with both feet. She has a great skill set and uses that when going at players. Sariana can shoot from range and has very good placement.”
Brooke Coleman, D, Jr.
Coleman had four goals and three assists while playing the defender position this season for the Lady Pirates.
“Brooke had a great work rate and one of the fittest players on the team,” James said. “She is a solid defender and has a great fitness base that allows her to get forward as much as possible. She has a great touch and is dangerous when getting involved in the attack.”