After scoring only two goals in two matches, the Boonville Pirates soccer team knew it was only a matter of time before they broke out of its scoring slump.
That time came Tuesday night in the conference opener against the Fulton Hornets as Boonville raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead and never looked back for a convincing 8-0 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Brown said despite the score line, the Pirates actually missed way more good opportunities than they finished.
“In fact, in the first-three matches, we have out-shot each team we’ve played but only outscored one,” Brown said. “Overall, we’re definitely showing improvement with each match; we just need to put the ball away more efficiently to take some of the pressure off of the defense to be 100 percent error-free.”
The Pirates were pretty close against Fulton while controlling pretty much the entire first half with five goals by five different players. Boonville’s defense also stifled Fulton, who failed to get a shot on goal or shot attempt in the first half.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, the Pirates scored early and often while hitting the back of the net four minutes in on an assist from Alec Adair to Giovanni Strickland on a corner kick. Fifteen minutes later, Philip Udinyiwe picked up the first of his four assists on the night on a goal by Adair to make it 2-0.
The Pirates never looked back from that point on in the match, adding the third goal at the 26 minute mark on an assist from Philip Udinyiwe to Luke Rehagen. Then, after another goal at the 36-minute mark on an assist from Adair to Joshua Udinyiwe to extend the lead to 4-0, freshman Aaron Witting came back to closeout the first half with his first varsity goal on an assist by Philip Udinyiwe to make it 5-0 at the break.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first as Boonville scored six minutes in on an assist from Luke Rehagen to Philip Udinyiwe to push the lead to 6-0. Then, at the 52-minute mark, Philip Udinyiwe added assist No. 4 on the night on the goal by Luke Rehagen to go up 7-0. The final goal of the night, meanwhile, came at the 66 minute mark on an assist from Adair to Philip Udinyiwe.
Boonville also dominated Fulton on shot attempts and shots on goal with 42 and 22, respectively. Fulton had only one shot attempt on the night and no shots on goal.