In a game that was rained out last week, the Hannibal boys’ soccer team fell 2-1 to Quincy Notre Dame Wednesday night. It was just the fifth loss of the season for the Pirates.
“The field is (unfit),” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “We are a team that likes to play the ball outside, but we are like a lot of teams where a lot of our strength is down the middle. ... But with the way this field is, it just completely took away from that.”
Hannibal freshman Jack Baumann knew the Pirates were going to face stiff competition when they crossed the Mississippi River to play Quincy Notre Dame.
“They are tough,” Baumann said. “We should have played better. We had good chances, but we played better in the second half than in the first.”
The game was scoreless for the first 35 minutes, but Quincy Notre Dame’s Tyler Reis found the net with just over five minutes left in the first half. The score came on a penalty kick that Pirate goalie Logan Robinson was unable to block.
“(Robinson) made a couple of big saves for us,” Hill said. “Our defense did a nice job as well. I am not quite sure what the stats are and I would have to go check the stats, but a lot of the shots that (QND) did have, our defenders and our midfielders, they were contesting the shots so (QND was) not getting the best look.”
Quincy Notre Dame scored again early in the second half. Parker Reis made it 2-0 Raiders when he scored what turned out to be the game winning goal with 31:16 left in the game.
“The second goal ended up being the game winner,” Hill said. “They just turned on us and took it down the middle of the field, kind of on the outside but near the post and (Robinson) just got beat near post.”
Hannibal (13-5) finally broke up the shutout and scored when Baumann took a pass from Scott Cockrell that found the net. Baumann’s goal was a head shot.
“I was kind of shocked it went in,” Baumann said. “It was pretty nice.”
Hill had high praise for his freshman forward.
“(Baumann) plays well for us,” Hill said. “He is a forward and his strength is going to be that he can check and win balls. We are not going to send him on a lot of long runs to the corners as we have a couple of forwards that are more capable of doing that as far as speed-wise goes. Jack does a nice job of receiving and controling the ball and he is good in the air. He has scored on a couple of headers for us this year. It wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but he got the job done.”
Tonight, Hannibal will play a conference game as the team travels to Boonville where the Pirates of Hannibal will play the Pirates of Boonville.
“We are focused on our conference and district,” Baumann said. “They are not even in our state. So we just have to move on. We have Boonville (today).”