Marriott scores Boonville’s first goal of the 2021 season in a 5-1 loss to Fulton

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The Boonville Pirates soccer team cleared one hurdle Tuesday night on the road against the Fulton Hornets.

After failing to score in its first-two matches against Clinton and Southern Boone, the Pirates finally found the back of the net against Fulton for its first goal of the 2021 season. Unfortunately for Boonville, the Hornets scored three goals in the first half and never looked back for a 5-1 victory.

The loss drops Boonville to 0-3 on the season.

Boonville soccer coach Alec Adair said the boys played extremely hard even though they were down a few bodies. “It easily could have been a 3-1 or 3-2 game,” Adair said. “We had a few mistakes that led to goals that are easily corrected. We didn’t shy away from the 50-50 balls and attacked everything 110 percent. Isaac Marriott scored in the second half on a pass from Austin Coleman. The guys dug deep tonight. Me, coach Brackman and coach Samuels are extremely proud of how the boys continue to keep pushing.”

Five players scored in the match for Fulton, three of which came in the first half. Senior Bahir Sherzad scored the first goal for the Hornets at the 21st minute. Five minutes later, sophomore Jayden Ayers found the back of the net to extend the lead to 2-0. Then, at the 38th minute, Dillon Jones added a goal on a penalty kick to make it 3-0 at the break.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first, as Fulton opened the half with a goal by sophomore Christian Mahoro at the 53rd minute to push the lead to 4-0.

Boonville finally got on the board at the 63rd minute when senior Austin Coleman assisted junior Isaac Marriott on a shot for the score to cut the lead to 4-1. Fulton would add another goal at the 77th minute on a goal by junior Josh Narancich to complete the scoring in the match.

Fulton also had 28 total shots in the match and 12 on goal, while Boonville had five shots on goal and three shot attempts.

According to a story from the Fulton Sun, Fulton head coach Joel Henley said he felt his team was control from the beginning like Fulton was in the previous game against Mexico. However, he thinks his team couldn’t scored even more if they executed.

“We had plenty of dangerous opportunities and we hit the crossbar several times,” Henley said in the Fulton Sun. “In the first half, we didn’t stay as wide as what we needed to in the offensive third and made it harder on ourselves than it should have been. In the second half, we stayed wide more often and made things a bit easier.”

On Boonville’s lone goal, Henley said the team lost focus, but the defense played well the rest of the time.

Boonville junior goalie Sawyer Vanklaveren finished the match with nine saves.