Thursday night’s match against Sedalia Smith-Cotton didn’t go as planned for the two seniors playing their final match at home.
While the season has been a rollercoaster for the Pirates, the match against Smith-Cotton was no different as the Tigers scored in the first minute of the match and never looked back for a convincing 10-0 victory that was stopped at the 50 minute mark due to the mercy rule.
Boonville Pirates soccer coach Kaz James said the match was not the result they wanted for the seniors.
“Smith-Cotton is a well-rounded team and a Class 4 team,” James said. “If we want to be the best, we have to play the best teams and last night we just were not mentally prepared. My two seniors Aidan Stark and Tyler Schuster played their best last night in their very last home game. I know it is not how they wanted to remember their last home game, but the boys did what they could against a hard talented team.”
The Pirates definitely got off to a rocky start in the first half while trailing Smith-Cotton 7-0 after giving up goals at the 1, 5, 12, 14, 16, 19 and 35 minute mark. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Tigers added three more goals at the 44, 46 and 50 minute mark to stop the match at the 10 goal limit.
Smith-Cotton also finished the match with nine shot attempts and four shots on goal while Boonville, who dropped to 4-12-2 on the season, had only two shot attempts and one shot on goal.
Junior goalie Gabe Lorenz also had a busy night for the Pirates with seven saves.
Smith-Cotton also won the JV match against Boonville by the identical score of 10-0.
The Pirates, dropping to 3-6-3 on the season, trailed Smith-Cotton 4-0 at the half after giving up goals at the 6, 19, 32 and 34 minute mark. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Tigers came out and tacked on six more goals at the 38, 41, 49, 53, 64 and 68 minute mark to win by the mercy rule.
James said the JV team played against a tough Smith-Cotton team who moved the ball really well on the field as a group. “We had chances going to goal, but were unable to take advantage of our chances,” James said. “This was a tough loss against a talented team.”
Smith-Cotton’s JV also had 10 shot attempts and four shots on goal while Boonville had only two shot attempts and one shot on goal.
Boonville JV goalie Gabe Brimer, meanwhile, finished the match with eight saves.
The Boonville Pirates soccer team will compete next in the Class 2 District 11 Tournament on Monday, Oct. 22nd in Ashland.
Southern Boone picked up the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by Father Tolton, Boonville and Knob Noster.
Southern Boone will play Knob Noster in the first game on Monday 5 p.m., followed by Father Tolton versus Boonville at 7.
The winners will advance to the championship game on Wednesday, Oct. 24th starting at 6 p.m.