Cory Allensworth netted five goals to boost the Hannibal boys soccer team to a 9-0 win over Fulton on Thursday night.

Cory Allensworth stepped up for the Hannibal boys soccer team to make Fulton pay for a inopportune turnover inside its own box Thursday night at Veterans Sports Complex.

The Pirates captain gained possession and sent his second of five goals of the night into the back of the net in the 22nd minute — a sign of things to come in a 9-0 North Central Missouri Conference home victory. 

Allensworth weaved through traffic to score his first tally to put Hannibal up 1-0 in the 11th minute. Following his second score, freshman Tristen Terrill turned a rebound into a goal of his own as he shipped a hard shot past the Hornets keeper.

Junior Adam Albright grew the Pirates' lead to 4-0 with a goal assisted by Colton Brown in the 29th minute before striking again three minutes before halftime. Albright settled a pass from senior Trenton Roland, spun toward the goal to break loose from a defender and tapped in Hannibal's fifth score.

“The team played really well, first half especially,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “That was the best we've moved and spread the ball. We used the whole width of the field and used depth and dropped it back when we needed to in order to create more spacing. The way they played that first half is the way they need to play all year.”

Allensworth scored three more in the second half to keep the contest a lopsided affair. Junior Caleb Ketsenburg also delivered a goal in the 58th minute. 

Gabe Falconer made three saves to record his third shutout of the season in goal for the Pirates. 

Hannibal (8-3, 5-0 NCMC) takes a full head of steam into a home matchup against two-time reigning conference champion Marshall, which is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

“Hopefully we can come out and play like that on Saturday,” Hill mentioned. “I expect a heck a matchup against Marshall if we come out and play like that.” 

Pirates JV wins big, too

Terrill scored four goals and Johnathon Pilliard netted a pair to lift the Hannibal junior varsity team to a 9-0 win over Fulton on Thursday night.

The Pirates JV is now 4-2-1 (4-0-1 NCMC).