It was a memorable game for Aaron White and the Hannibal Pirates.
The Hannibal High School soccer team defeated Boonville by a score of 11-1 on Thursday.
Leading the way for Hannibal was Aaron White, who scored six goals in the contest, which ties a school record.
Hannibal Head Coach Eric Hill said White had a spectacular game.
“It was kind of interesting, it wasn’t like the guys were getting the ball every time, all the scoring was in the flow of the game,” Hill said. “The scores tonight were all on crosses and he scored on headers. He isn’t always going to score in the air, but he was on tonight. He had a nice game and the guys did a good job of getting it going.”
White got the scoring started in the first minute off of an assist from Tyler Thomure.
Hannibal again got on the board in the sixth minute on a corner kick from Clay Cunningham.
White’s second goal came in the 23rd minute on an Alec Voss assist and his third and fourth came in the 28th minute off of assists from Blake Hosley and Raymond Charlton.
In the 40th minute, Boonville’s Eric Warren scored the only opposing goal of the contest.
Hill said that Voss was playing solid defense on Warren, but Warren was able to really work his way towards a solid goal.
In the 54th minute Blake Hosley increased the lead to 6-0 on a goal with no assist.
In the 59th minute Jack Baumann nailed a shot with an assist from Logan Robinson.
In the 65th minute Thomure netted a goal with an assist from Baumann.
In the 71st minute Casey St. Clair scored the ninth goal of the game.
St. Clair then assisted on the next two goals, which were both scored by Aaron White in the 73rd and 75th minute.
Hill said it was nice to see his team get the offense going before the Hannibal tournament on Friday.
“It’s nice to get started a day early before this tournament,” Hill said. “. It has been a while since we have scored that many goals in a game. You don’t get to 11 very often, but even to get up to around 6, 7, or 8 goals is something we haven’t got to very frequently. I stressed early on that we were going to win games by a tight one or two goals.”
The coach added, “The guys have really bought in and are doing things. I feel like right now that with the way the team is playing, as a team, they aren’t concerned with who is scoring but they just want to score goals and it’s working well.”
Page 2 of 2 - The JV team also played on Thursday night and won by a score of 3-2.
Luis Camacho of Hannibal led off the scoring in the third minute with no assist. Boonville then came back and took the lead with a goal from Nathan Green, who is their varsity goal keeper in the eighth minute and Anthony Brown in the 13th minute.
The JV Pirates tied the score up in the 24th minute off of a Jack Baumann goal with an assist from DeShawn McBride.
In the 63rd minute Aaron Fogle gave the Pirates the lead for good to make the score 3-2.
The Pirates will be participating in three contests in the tournament no matter what, but seeing as the tournament is in bracket format, each contest is more important than the last.
The only way to win the tournament is to start it off with a win.
Hannibal, who is the No. 2 seed, will be playing against No. 7 Saxony Lutheran in its first
Southern Boone is the No. 1 seed as they won the tournament the year before. Fulton is No. 3, Macomb is No.4, O’Hara is No. 5, Maple Wood Richmond Heights is No. 6 and Lanphier is No. 8.
Hill said he wants to use the tournament to improve his Pirates.
“They need to come out and improve their play and we have been doing that this season. Each game we have been playing better than the last,” Hill said.