The Boonville Pirates soccer team saved its season with one kick Monday night in the opening round of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament in Boonville.
In a No. 3 versus No. 4 matchup at the city soccer field, the Pirates looked to none other than junior Carter Stumph to send them into the championship game Wednesday night against top-seeded Southern Boone.
Stumph’s goal, which came at the 101 minute mark in the second overtime from approximately 30 yards out, gave the Pirates a 2-1 win over the Marshall Owls. Marshall won by the same exact score earlier in the season against Boonville.
At 10-6-1 on the season, head coach Kaz Hazell said the varsity boys played an outstanding game against Marshall.
“This has been a long time coming for this group of boys, but especially for the senior class,” Hazell said. “The intensity and grit the boys showed last night was outstanding and exciting to watch. The boys deserved this win as they battled out the game defensively as a group on the field against a tough Marshall offense. Gabe Lorenz had some big saves to keep us in the game. The two teams had plenty of chances to end it in regulation, but went on to play two overtimes.
“The boys stayed together in the two overtimes and kept Marshall scoreless. Carter Stumph found the back of the net with a shot from 30 yards out to move on to the next round of districts. This will be a game to remember for this young group of boys. Southern Boone will be our next challenge to overcome on Wednesday night.”
After the game, Stumph said he really didn’t think about it. He just kicked the ball.
Luckily for the Pirates, Stumph’s kick just went high enough over the goalies head and into the back of the net for the game winner.
Boonville also took the early lead in the game against Marshall when senior Will Rehagen got his own deflection off the bar and directed the ball with a head shot into the net at the 11 minute mark.
However it was only seven minutes later when Marshall responded with a header of its own by senior Ramon Santos to tie the match at 1-all.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities after that but finished the game scoreless the rest of the way.
Senior goalie Gabe Lorenz, who had 26 saves in the match, also came up with three big saves in the final 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime. Meanwhile, after both teams played to a standstill in the first overtime, Stumph came back with his game-winning kick in the second overtime for the win.
Marshall finished the match with 20 shot attempts and 12 shots on goal while Boonville had 20 shot attempts and six shots on goal.
Southern Boone won 7-0 in the first semifinal game on Monday against Fulton.
The winner of Wednesday night’s game will advance to the sectional round of the state playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The District 9 winner will face the District 10 winner, which consists of Fatima, Osage, Springfield Catholic and Sullivan.