Boonville Lady Pirates soccer coach Kaz Hazell sees Friday night’s season-opening loss against the Rock Bridge Bruins as a good start.
Although the Bruins won by a shutout against Boonville 5-0, Hazell said the girls did a good job holding their own against a high level team.
“It was more of a defensive game for us, but we were able to get a couple chances on goal as well,” Hazell said. “This was a good start to the season for us because we went in with a positive attitude and worked hard as a group. There were a few injuries in the game and we had to make some changes and pull up some younger players. I am pleased with how the younger players stepped up and contributed to the game. We will have another tough game against Hickman on Tuesday, but we will continue to work on our defensive shape and organization on the field.”
Rock Bridge scored three of its five goals in the first half, with the first coming from junior Sidney Klimek off an assist from Grace Davis.
The Lady Bruins never trailed after that as sophomore Sta Omar and junior Caroline Cole netted a pair of goals each while adding one assist.
Senior Hannah Greenplate and junior Keke Smith also finished the match with one assist each.
Rock Bridge scored goals at the 7, 8 and 20 minute mark in the first half and then added goals at the 63 and 69 minute mark in the second half to closeout the scoring.
For Boonville, Boonville junior goalie Sarah Miller had 12 saves in the match.
Needless to say, the Lady Bruins out-shot Boonville 7-2 in attempts and 11-2 in shots on goal.
Rock Bridge also won by a shutout in the JV match against Boonville 2-0.
Playing only a 35 minute half, Rock Bridge scored both goals within four minutes of each other at the 22 and 26 minute mark.
Hazell said the JV soccer team played well against an impressive Rock Bridge JV team. “The girls only played a 35 minute half,” Hazell said. “Us coaches were very happy with how the girls competed. There is quite a few players on the team that never played and they did an outstanding job. MacKenzee Troost is the JV keeper this season and had a great first game with only allowing two goals against a talented JV team.”
Troost finished the match with six saves for Boonville.
Rock Bridge finished the match with five shot attempts and five shots on goal.
Boonville will host Columbia Hickman on Tuesday, March 19 at the high school starting at 5 p.m. Then, on Thursday, March 21, the Lady Pirates will travel to Ashland to face Southern Boone in a Tri-County matchup at 5 p.m.