The Hannibal soccer team picked up its 20th win of the season Tuesday night as the Pirates shut out Mexico 3-0 in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals.
“It is exciting,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “It is always kind of a relief to get that first game out of the way. When districts come up, I think the guys nerves come up on them a little more than in the regular season.”
Junior Tyler Thomure got the scoring started for Hannibal 40 seconds into the game when he found the net on an unassisted goal to put the Pirates up 1-0.
That one goal was all the Pirates would need as Hannibal goal keeper Logan Robinson was back in the net for the Pirates. Robinson faced only five shots all night from Mexico as Hannibal picked up its fourth shutout of the season.
“Logan was back in goal and he got the shutout,” Hill said. “He only faced five shots. So it was really the overall play of the team that was really on tonight. But it was nice to see Logan back in goal and healthy.”
The Pirates added two more goals in the second half, and they both came off of corner kicks.
In the 44th minute, Aaron White gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead when he took the kick from Casey St. Clair and knocked it into the goal with a head shot. Thirteen minutes later, the Pirates scored again. This time St. Clair’s kick was kicked into the goal by Alec Voss.
“Not only does (St. Clair) do an outstanding job for us in the back,” Hill said. “But he takes so many of our free kicks and our corner kicks. We were on with them tonight. We had six corner kicks tonight and scored on two of them, so that is a pretty good percentage.”
According to Hill, Voss’ goal was his second of the year.
“Voss did a nice job of finishing on the one he had,” Hill said. “It was nice to see Alec get up there and get another goal for us this year.”
Facing Mexico for the third time this season, Hannibal had no problem getting its third win over the Bulldogs.
“There are no surprises from either team when you see each other as often as we do,” Hill said. “We know who their go to player is and they know about us.”
With Marshall and Moberly playing right after Hannibal beat Mexico, the Pirates stayed through most of the first half to watch the two teams play.
“We left with about 5 minutes to go in the first half,” Hill said. “At that point Marshall was up 1-0 on Moberly. They were both back and forth though and Moberly had a couple of opportunities before that, so it was kind of anybody’s game.
With the win, the Pirates will play Marshall/Moberly tomorrow at 6 p.m. for the district championship.
“It is going to be a tough game,” Hill said. “We have seen both of those teams twice this year already. They are playing as we expected. We were just getting a feel for where we need to attack on the field offensively.”