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Pirates fall short in OT against Fatima

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News
Boonville junior Austin Coleman leaps high in the air for the ball in the first half against Fatima Thursday night at the Boonville City Soccer Fields. The Pirates fell in overtime against the Comets 3-2, dropping them to 0-1-7 on the season. Boonville will travel to Osage for a match on Thursday, Oct. 1 starting at 5 p.m.

For the second time this season, the Boonville Pirates soccer team has come up on the short end of the score in overtime.

After losing to Fulton 2-1 in overtime back on September 8, the Pirates had yet another heartbreaker Thursday night at home against the Fatima Comets in overtime by dropping a 3-2 decision.

The loss dropped Boonville to 0-1-7 on the season.

Boonville soccer coach Kaz Hazell said the Pirates were unable to seal the win against Fatima.

“In the first-two minutes of the game the Comets went up 1-0 on a corner kick,” Hazell said. “We did not do a good job marking the box and the player was wide open to finish. We did respond in the 27th minute with a beautiful build up on the goal from Barbarotta and assist from Marriott, and then we took the lead with a penalty kick called. Barbarotta put us up 2-1 before the half in the 36 minute.

“There were other chances for us in the first half, but we did not capitalize on it. The second half the Comets were knocking on the back door and gave us many challenges in the defense. Our second half was not our best effort. We went away from our play and could not take advantage of opportunities in front of the net. The game went in overtime and the Comets walked away with the win. The Comets were able to finish on another corner kick in the first two minutes of overtime.”

The Pirates were definitely behind the eight ball to start the game after giving up a goal 2 minutes in. However, after the early goal by the Comets, Boonville rallied back with two unanswered goals at the 27 and 36 minute mark to lead at the half 2-1. Senior Jimi Barbarotta found the back of the net from approximately 30 yards out on his first goal after an assist by Isaac Marriott to tie the match at 1-all. Then, on the second goal, Barbarotta scored on a penalty kick to put the Pirates on top 2-1.

In the second half, Fatima scored the only goal at the 60 minute mark to tie the game at 2-all. Meanwhile, after going to overtime, the Comets answered quickly with the game winner two minutes in at the 82 minute mark on a corner kick.

Boonville and Fatima finished the match each with five shot attempts and four shots on goal in the match. Both teams also had six fouls in the game.

As for saves, Boonville goalie Gage Allison had another game with double-digit saves with 13.

In the junior varsity match, Boonville defeated Fatima 1-0 on the goal by Kameron Desmond and assist by Bryson Wessing at the 20 minute mark.

Hazell said the JV team played well. “The JV team showed lots of growth in the areas that we have been targeting in practice,” Hazell said. “They were finding the open space around the field and taking advantage of it. It was good to get a win on the board. We kept a clean sheet and not letting the other team score was a big plus.”

Boonville’s JV, 1-0-1 on the season, finished the match with six shot attempts and two shots on goal while Fatima had four shot attempts and one shot on goal.

Freshman Ryan Jones, meanwhile, finished the match with four saves.