Helias scored on an own goal in overtime to secure a 3-2 victory that snapped Hannibal's win streak at 10 games.
The Hannibal boys soccer team was on a quest for revenge Saturday afternoon against Helias in Jefferson City.
Last season, the Crusaders topped the Pirates in double overtime, capitalizing as Hannibal played much of the game down two players due to a pair of red cards.
This year's meeting was similarly frustrating for Hannibal (15-4).
Helias (9-4) scored on an own goal with 16 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to secure a 3-2 victory that snapped Hannibal's win streak at 10 games.
The hosts sent the ball across the box, and a Pirate defender accidentally deflected the ball into the net.
“We had some chances in overtime early on to try to put them away, but we couldn't put our chances in our net,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “It was a real unfortunate way to end the game, but the boys played hard, battled back and played a real tough game.”
Cory Allensworth netted the first goal of the night in the 40th minute to give Hannibal a 1-0 edge at halftime.
“The guys played hard and did a good job holding their own in the first half with a nice play between Cory and Adam to get the goal to take the halftime lead,” Hill noted.
But Helias' Nick Brandt and Elliot Lammers scored goals in the 50th and 51st minutes, respectively, to put Helias on top 2-1.
That remained the score until Hannibal junior Adam Albright found the back of the net in the 77th minute for the equalizer. Allensworth had the assist.
Gabe Falconer made 27 saves for Hannibal in the losing effort.
“He had a big game for us,” Hill said of his keeper. “He came up huge multiple times to keep us in it.”
Hannibal faces Moberly on the road Tuesday.