Aaron White had another multiple goal game as well as picking up an assist for the Hannibal boys' soccer team Thursday night as the Pirates beat Fulton 4-3, but he wasn't the only player excelling on the field. Junior Tyler Thomure scored one goal, the first of the game, and assisted on two others. He did all that in the first half.
"Tyler did a nice job for us tonight," Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. "He did a really good job of running some balls down to the corner. … Early in the first half we were getting some good opportunities and Tyler was a big part of that."
Thomure broke a scoreless tie during the 15th minute when he put the Pirates up 1-0. White picked up the assist. A little more than four minutes later, Jack Baumann scored to increase Hannibal's lead to 2-0. Thomure got the assist.
The score remained 2-0 until the 31st minute when Fulton's Trevor Neal broke free and scored unassisted to cut Hannibal's lead in half. But it didn't take long for the Pirates to react as Aaron White scored his first goal of the game in the 36th minute. Once again, Thomure picked up the assist.
The scored stayed 3-1 in favor of Hannibal (9-4, 5-1 NCMC) for the rest of the first half.
In the second half, Fulton's Neal got free again. This time scoring unassisted in the 52nd minute to again cut Hannibal's lead in to 3-2.
In the 71st minute Aaron White was assisted by Trever Hertlein as he picked up his second goal. White's goal gave the Pirates a two goal lead with just under 9 minutes left in the game.
"With two goals and an assist, he did a nice job up top for us," Hill said. "Our fourth goal, his second goal, was a very nice job. He received the ball and took it towards the post. He saw the opportunity and squeezed one by that near post for us. Game winner."
Game winner it was because Fulton responded in the 75th minute with another goal. This time it was Zach Thomas scoring for the Hornets to put the score at 4-3 Hannibal, where it stayed.
Hannibal had more than almost twice as many shots on goal (11) as Fulton did (6). Goal keeper Logan Robinson was credited with three saves for the Pirates.
"Even though we gave up three goals, our defense did a pretty nice job," Hill said. "We let them in a few times on some uncontested stuff. Fulton had a few other opportunities where they were threatening, but our defense did a really nice job of bending but not breaking."
In JV action, the Pirates game came to an end with both teams tied at 0-0. The JV team is 5-3-1 on the season.
The Pirates will be off until Wednesday when they travel across the river to face off against Quincy Notre Dame.