The Hannibal boys soccer team fell 2-1 on the road to the Troy Buchanan Trojans on Monday in a non-conference match up.

The Hannibal boys soccer team fell 2-1 on the road to the Troy Buchanan Trojans on Monday in a non-conference match up.

The Pirates (15-5, 8-2 NCMC) and Trojans (8-13) met on the soccer pitch for the first time since 2012. In the latest meeting Hannibal was able to pull through for the victory by a score of 2-0.

Drew Emge and the Trojans came out ready to play from the first whistle.

The score was knotted 20 minutes into the match when Emge found the back of the net for the first time in the evening matchup.

Six minutes later Emge buried another shot into the goal increasing the Trojan lead to 2-0.

“We came out flat the first half,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “We need to be able to do better than that.”

The Pirates were able to keep the hosts off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half. Heading into the intermission trailing.

Hannibal came alive in the second half with a much needed energy.

In the 55th minute Hannibal junior Nathen Destefane scored on a set piece to cut the Troy lead in half.

“I tried to put a shot on goal to get something going for us,” said Destefane. “I hit the ball well and it just ended up in the back of the net.”

The Troy defense and goalie Timothy Balducci held strong for the rest of the half only allowing three more shots.

Hill noted that the Pirates need to get things figured out fast before facing the 2017 district champion St. Dominic Crusaders on Oct. 30.

“We need to get things figured out pretty quickly,” said Hill. “Or we’re going to have a rough time in districts.”

Hannibal will look to get back on track in the regular-season finale when it hosts Hickman at 7 p.m. Thursday.