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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Pirates improve to 2-0 with win over Elsberry

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  • The Hannibal boys’ soccer team won its second game in as many days as the Pirates beat Elsberry 5-2 Friday afternoon at the Veterans Field Sports Complex.
    “It wasn’t the best game by us,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “But, we got the results, so we can be happy about that.”
    Elberry got the scoring started with a goal in the eighth minute. Hannibal eventually tied the game at 1-1 in the 31st minute when Scott Cockrell scored on a penalty kick.
    “We looked tired and disinterested at first for some reason,” Hill said. “We weren’t getting after it like we needed to and Elsberry was outworking us. I think after (Elsberry) got their goal, that changed things a little bit.”
    That is how the score remained when the two teams went into the halftime break.
    “It was nice to see that (we) did pick it up and play with more intensity later in the half,” Hill said. “We just have to put that together for a full 80 minutes.”
    Hannibal broke the 1-1 tie in the 64th minute when Mario Jones scored on a head shot. The assist went to Cockrell who sent the pass in on a corner kick.
    “Mario’s goal was a really nice header,” Hill said.
    Now holding a 2-1 lead, the Pirates would remain out in front the rest of the game while also adding on a few more goals.
    The Pirates’ next goal came from Tyler Thomure in the 67th minute. Cockrell was credited with his second assist of the night on Thomure’s goal.
    Later in the 67th minute, Thomure recorded his second goal of the night when he scored off a pass from Trever Hertlein.
    “We had Trever back after his one-game suspension he picked up for his red card in the last game of season last year,” Hill said. “I thought he played well, especially defensively. I think he did a nice job of doing a lot of stuff for us.”
    Hertlein got into the scoring frenzy in the 70th minute when he scored an unassisted goal for Hannibal’s fifth and final goal of the night.
    As the clock was winding down, Elsberry managed to find the net one more time when Ben Rhoades scored his second goal of the night for the Indians.
    The Pirates game for today against Northeast (Kansas City) has been postponed because of extreme heat. No makeup date has been scheduled yet. Hannibal will be back out on the field Tuesday when the Pirates travel to Kirksville for their first NCMC game of the season.
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