Liberty handed Hannibal a 4-1 knockout loss Monday night in the first round of the Class 3 District 8 tournament.
The Hannibal girls soccer team built an impressive resume entering the postseason by setting a new program record in goals while compiling 15 victories during the regular season.
The Lady Pirates success was stopped in its tracks Monday night.
No. 3 Liberty (6-14) handed No. 2 Hannibal (15-6) a 4-1 knockout loss in the first round of the Class 3 District 8 tournament in O'Fallon, Missouri.
“We honestly didn't look like ourselves tonight,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “I won't say we weren't ready to go, but we really just didn't play well. We obviously played a lot better throughout the year than what we did tonight.”
Bryn Lundberg scored in the second minute to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
Liberty never gave the lead back.
Sabrina Haffling made it 2-0 with 17 minutes remaining in the first half before Kaitlyn Helland scored from deep range to give Liberty a 3-0 halftime cushion.
“They came out a little bit more physical than what we were,” Hill admitted. “We didn't seem to want to challenge them on balls in the air and things like that.”
Hannibal's Haley Ballinger netted the Lady Pirates lone goal of the night in the 42nd minute off an assist from Shelby Stine.
But that was all the offense Hannibal could muster, as it only registered four shots — three on goal — during the contest.
In comparison, Liberty totaled 17 shots and 14 on goal.
Haffling scored again halfway through the second half to restore Liberty's three-goal lead.
After finishing the regular season with five straight wins, Hannibal was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
The Lady Pirates topped Liberty 1-0 in the district semifinals a year ago.
“If we would have played our best, we would have given ourselves a heck of a lot better shot than what we did tonight,” Hill concluded. "We knew that we had the better team last year and it was a 1-0 game, so we knew it was going to be a tough game.”