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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Hannibal soccer defeats Helias

  • Entering Thursday's contest with Helias, Hannibal Head Coach Eric Hill said the Hannibal Pirates had a rough history with Helias, which could be a bit intimidating.

    After Thursday's game, it appears as though that intimidation is gone.
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  • Entering Thursday's contest with Helias, Hannibal Head Coach Eric Hill said the Hannibal Pirates had a rough history with Helias, which could be a bit intimidating.
    After Thursday's game, it appears as though that intimidation is gone.
    The Hannibal High School soccer team defeated Helias by a score of 1-0 at home to give Hannibal its second straight win after a rough weekend tournament.
    The goal for Hannibal happened in the 52nd minute. Aaron White knocked in a shot with an assist from Tyler Thomure.
    Hill said the difference between this team and teams of the past comes down to confidence.
    "They came out knowing we have a good team and if they play like they are capable of, anot not give up easy goals, they could win," Hill said. "It's the first time in a long time that our team didn't go into it thinking that it was going to be a rough night."
    The victory this season is a rebound off of last year's contest with Helias. The group defeated
    Hannibal by a score of 6-1 in what was the team's third loss of the season.
    In 2010 Hannibal lost 3-1 and in 2009 the Pirates fell 5-0.
    This isn't the same team.
    Hill said the confidence the team had entering the game was a big boost.
    "I think that was a big step for them to have that mentality and with them doing that they hung around, they played great defense tonight," the coach said. "We struck when we had an opportunity.
    The junior varsity team also played on Thursday night, with helias defeating the Pirates by a score of 2-0.
    The Pirates do not get a long time to celebrate their victory. The group will be hitting the road to play in a conference contest with Marshall.
    Hill said he wants his boys to savor the victory tonight, but also keep in mind that there is still more ball to be played.
    "The guys are on a big high right now. They need to enjoy it, be excited about the win, but when we're on the bus tomorrow I want them to focus on Marshall," Hill said.
    The coach added, "We want to come away with a conference win on the road and if we do that we can come away with a 4-0 record in conference. We have played real well the past two games after a rough weekend in the tournament"
    The matchup between Hannibal and Marshall starts with the JV game at 5 p.m. on Friday in Marshall.
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