One goal.
That’s all it took for the Boonville Pirates Thursday night in a 1-0 win over the Fatima Comets.
While battling to a 0-0 tie in full time, the Pirates finally got the goal they were looking for in overtime when junior Jimi Barbarotta scored at the 89 minute mark on an assist from teammate Aaron Witting.
Boonville soccer coach Kaz Hazell said the game was exciting to be a part of. “The game was back and forth as Fatima had some good chances on us in the first half, but we held our own defensively and kept the shutout,” Hazell said. “The second half the boys created some good opportunities, but was not enough to get ahead. The boys went into their first overtime of the season. Our new current motto that we are taking game to game is FINISH. We want to finish every chance we get on goal and finish every play until it is dead. The boys did that and made Boonville soccer history by scoring a goal in the last second of the first overtime. The build up of the goal was beautiful and to get the shot off before the buzzer was an even better way to win. The boys stayed focused the entire game and did not drop. They played with a lot of class and it was a great team win on the road.”
While improving to 5-3-1 on the season, the Pirates also finished the game with 12 shot attempts and five shots on goal. Fatima, meanwhile, had 15 shot attempts and eight shots on goal.
Boonville senior goalie Gabe Lorenz also had 17 saves in the game.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Fatima 3-0 to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Hazell said the JV team had another shutout victory against a strong Fatima team.
Boonville led 1-0 at the half after a goal by Kameron Desmond and assist by Austin Rice at the 27 minute mark. Then, after an unassisted goal by Tucker Lorenz at the 37 minute mark, Boonville came back with its third goal of the game at the 38 minute mark by Tucker Lorenz and assist by Gabe Thoma.
Boonville sophomore goalie Gabe Brimer had 15 saves in the game while Gage Allison had four saves.