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Boone prevails over Crockett 6-0 in county rivalry game

The Lady Blazers (5-2-1) entered the rivalry soccer contest against the Lady Pioneers (1-1 in conference) last week on the losing end for the past four seasons. But streaks are made to be broken and the ladies of Daniel Boone High School broke this one in dominant fashion.
“Games like this don’t need any added motivation,” said Boone Head Coach Steve Sessis. “Throw the record books away. It is always a grudge match. Both teams get up for the game and are always ready to play.”
The game began with both teams feeling each other out, but Boone eventually struck. Hannah Fink put the Blazers on the scoreboard with a crossing shot 20 yards out, landing in the upper left corner.
The intensity remained with Boone throughout the contest and as momentum shifted to the Blazers, they would take full advantage.
Crockett’s talented keeper, Brooklyn Snapp, did all she could on the defensive end, but Boone’s offensive onslaught continued with goals from Alex Dunwright and Alicia Matherly all within a 10-minute time frame.
“We scored in spurts in both halves,” Sessi said. “We would go several minutes without a goal and then just like that, we would put two or three in.”
Lady Pioneer Lindsey Peters tried to get Crockett on the scoreboard numerous times in the first half, but Boone player April Franklin’s stifling defense led to long shots.
“April really manned up on Peters,” Sessis said. “She went above and beyond. It was a superb defensive performance.”
The complimentary mix of offense and defense gave the Blazers a 3-0 lead at half.
The second half began much like the first, with both teams jockeying for position.
Although down 3-0, to their credit, the Lady Pioneers didn’t panic. On this night though, Boone was just the better team.
“We came into the game extremely intense, leading up to the game we had practiced very intensely and you play like you practice,” Sessis said.
After 15 minutes had ticked away in the final half, the Blazers’ offensive assault began yet again.
Abbi Greene and Jennine Duncan began the scoring surge, which was capped off by Haley Anderson on a direct kick to give Boone the 6-0 victory.
Boone finished with 20 shots converting, six for scores. Crockett only had eight shots, with the majority of those coming 15-yards and out.
The win was Boone’s third consecutive shutout, a detail Sessis couldn’t be happier about.
“I am very pleased with Andrea Rogers, our keeper. She has come on really strong lately,” he said. “Our combination of speed and good teamwork has been the key to the great defensive play. It is a nice formula that has really helped us win some games.”
Two nights later, Boone won again, this time beating Mountain Mission, putting their win streak at four games.
Sessis, who was concerned early in the season about the hesitancy to take shots, emphasized his team’s offensive improvement.
“Winning is fun. We are relaxing because we are having fun,” he said. “Now the girls are shooting and their confidence level is up. They aren’t afraid to take shots.”
Although Boone is just 1-1-1 in conference play, their recent string of wins show a team on the brink, as a dangerous postseason contender.
In the next two weeks, Boone will be looking to strengthen its conference seeding, as two of the next three games are against conference foes. The Lady Pioneers should rebound after the loss with a good group led by senior Lindsey Peters, who will look to keep her team in the hunt for a top district seed.