The Hannibal girls soccer team fought back to force overtime Tuesday but fell 2-1 to Liberty Wentzville in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
The Hannibal girls soccer team fought back to force overtime Tuesday against Liberty Wentzville in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
Hannibal senior Shelby Stine scored off an assist from Haley Ballinger in the 48th minute to put the Lady Pirates on the board and tie the game 1-all.
The score remained the same for the remainder of regulation and the first overtime period.
But Genevieve Johnson delivered the golden goal — her second of the night — in the second extra session to give the Lady Eagles a 2-1 win.
The game-winner came in the 100th minute.
No. 3 seed Liberty advances to the title game Friday.
Hannibal, the second seed, closes the season with a record of 16-7-1.
“The girls played their hearts out,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “They're all beat up, bruised and worn out from all the games we've played in such a short amount of time. They gave it everything they had tonight and came up short against a good team.”
The host Lady Eagles posted 11 shots on goal compared to four for the Lady Pirates.
Johnson scored the first goal of the night in the 18th minute.
Liberty nearly had another goal in the first half, but it was snuffed out by Hannibal keeper Shelby Nelson.
“Shelby Nelson made a couple real nice saves, one in particular early in the game on a breakaway,” Hill said. “She came up at just the right moment and shut down the angle.”
After tying the score early in the second half, Hannibal was unable to capitalize on any chances the remainder of the night.
The Lady Pirates fell one goal short of keeping their season alive.
“I thought the girls played really well,” Hill said. “Last week (in losses to Southern Boone and Boonville) I don't think they came out and played with the level of intensity they were capable of. But tonight, they absolutely did. We had some bounces not go our way and were not able to get that extra goal that we needed.”
Hannibal finished tied with Boonville for the North Central Missouri Conference championship this season.
The Lady Pirates earned second place in their home tourney as well as the Camdenton Tournament.
“We got a lot out of our seniors this year, and we're going to miss them a lot,” Hill said. “It was nice to see our sophomores and juniors step up when we needed them. We're going to look for a lot out of them next year, and we'll see what else we bring into the mix.”