Looking back at Thursday night’s game against Sedalia Smith-Cotton, Boonville Lady Pirates soccer coach Kaz Hazell would probably like to have back six minutes of the 80 minute match.
It’s not that the Lady Pirates played poorly during that stretch,  those six minutes proved to be the difference as Smith-Cotton scored on back to back goals for a 4-3 victory.
Despite the loss, which put the Lady Pirates at 4-8 on the season, head coach Kaz Hazell said it was a very exciting match. “It was back and forth on scoring and all around good competition on the field,” Hazell said. “We went up in the second half 2-1 on a goal by Jordynn Kempf and then Smith-Cotton tied it three minutes later. After Smith-Cotton scored we scored another awesome finish by Jordynn in the 53rd minute. Smith-Cotton came back to tie it up and then scored the final goal to take the lead in the 68th minute. This game had so much excitement and intensity that it could have been either teams win. Smith-Cotton came up on top, but we played them very close and played one of our best games of the season.”
Junior goalie Sarah Miller may have also had one of her best games of the season. With 98 saves going into the match against Smith-Cotton, Miller put on another clinic with 15 more to put her at 113 for the season in 12 matches, which averages to 9.41 saves per game.
Of course one slip through Miller’s grasp early on as Smith-Cotton took a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game. Then, after battling back and forth for the next 22 minutes, senior Sariana Barbarotta picked up her ninth goal of the season on a penalty kick at the 35 minute mark to tie the match at 1-all.
That’s how the match ended at the half until the 48 minute mark when Jordynn Kempf put the Lady Pirates ahead with an unassisted goal from 20 yards out straight on to make it 2-1.
The goal by Kempf was her 10th of the season.
Of course it didn’t take Smith-Cotton long to get the goal back. Three minutes in fact as the Lady Tigers tied the match at 2-all at the 51 minute mark.
Kempf, however, responded in a big way again for Boonville with her second goal of the match and 11th of the season at the 53 minute mark on an assist from Barbarotta to put the Lady Pirates ahead by a score of 3-2.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they had nothing to show for the final 17 minutes of the match while Smith-Cotton added two more goals at the 62 and 68 minute mark for the victory.
Smith-Cotton also finished the match with 10 shots on goal and nine shot attempts while Boonville had only one shot on goal and four shot attempts.
Smith-Cotton also had four fouls and one booking in the match while Boonville, who dropped to 4-8 on the season, had three fouls and one yellow card.
Smith-Cotton also won the JV game against Boonville 2-1.
Coach Hazell said the Lady Pirates lost an aggressive game. “Despite playing one of our best of the year, Smith-Cotton capitalized on two mistakes from our defense,” Hazell said. “We are going to take positives from the game moving into our last JV game next week. We strung many of our passes together and our positioning was the best it has been.”
Jordynn Kempf scored Boonville’s only goal of the match at the 16 minute mark on an assist from Macey Nowlin. Smith-Cotton picked up goals at the 18 and 23 minute mark.
Smith-Cotton also had two shot attempts and one shot on goal while Boonville had one shot attempt and four shots on goal.
As far as saves in the match, Miller had two for the JV team.
Boonville’s JV, which dropped to 6-4 on the season, also had two fouls while Smith-Cotton had one foul and one yellow card.
Boonville will host Osage in the regular season finale on Wednesday, May 8th at the city field starting at 5 p.m. Then, on Monday, May 13th, the Lady Pirates will take on top-seeded Pleasant Hill in the opening round of the Class 2 District 12 Tournament in Odessa starting at 5 p.m.
Oak Grove drew the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face No. 3 Odessa on May 13th at 6:45 p.m. The winners will advance to the championship on Wednesday, May 15th at 6 p.m.