Moberly struck first with a goal by Camron Hayes in the 6th minute of a North Central Missouri Conference match against Hannibal on Tuesday night at Veterans Sports Complex.
The Hannibal soccer team then responded with force.
Adam Albright scored four goals in the first half and tied the Hannibal record with six scores in the game to lift the Pirates (6-3, 3-0) to a 10-2 victory over winless Moberly.
“Adam just does such a nice job in the middle of the field, getting position on a defender and using his body,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “A lot of times with him it’s a turn, maybe a touch, and a shot.”
Albright proved his coach’s point on several occasions during the blowout.
The junior forward provided the equalizer in the 10th minute before pulling out a highlight reel play to create space for his second score seven minutes later. Albright controlled the ball inside the box, spun right toward toward the goal with the ball at his feet and roped a shot that snuck into the far corner of the net.
“I knew before I got it I was going to shoot and I just shot it,” said Albright, making the impressive play sound easy. “I turned around and found the goal.”
At the halfway point of the first half, Albright corralled a rebound from Cory Allensworth’s shot and sent the ball past the keeper to make it 3-1.
Allensworth then got in on the scoring fun, blasting a free kick past the Moberly goalkeeper from 40 yards out.
“I was just going to play it in like a corner, but I saw the goalie had the sun right in his face and figured I might as well rip it and see what happens,” the senior captain said.
Albright scored again in the 27th minute to give Hannibal a 5-1 edge at halftime.
Colton Brown got the second half started with style when he headed an assist from Allensworth into the net.
“Headers have been something I’ve worked on all summer,” Brown said after the game. “Cory sends good balls in, so I can just get my head on it I hopefully put it on goal.”
Nathan DeStefane then passed a timely feed for Albright's fifth goal of the contest before netting one of his own in the 55th minute. The sophomore’s goal came after an Allensworth shot was deflected by Albright to give DeStefane a point-blank opportunity.
“Nathan puts in a lot of work,” Albright said of the emerging star. “He has a lot of assists to assists, the pass to the person who gets the assist. And he makes a lot of great runs to the corner.”
Allensworth turned another free kick into a goal — this time from 25 yards out — to make it 9-1.
Hayes scored again for the visitors to make it 9-2, but Albright capped the night with his sixth goal in the 78th minute for the Pirates 10th score of the night.
Goalkeeper Gabe Falconer made seven saves for the Pirates to help secure the victory.