The Hannibal-LaGrange University men's soccer team fell 1-0 in overtime to Culver-Stockton College on Thursday in its season opener at Blackwell Field.

The Hannibal-LaGrange University men’s soccer team fell 1-0 in overtime to Culver-Stockton College on Thursday in its season opener at Blackwell Field.

A golden goal with five minutes remaining in the first extra session decided the matchup.

Tre Maxwell scored the game-winning goal for the visiting Wildcats. The sophomore received a pass at the top of the box from Javier Todtenbier-Magallon and lasered a shot into the top of the net. 

“Our team came into this game with a bad taste in their mouth from the last matchup,” C-SC head coach Blake Ordell said of a 1-0 loss to the Trojans in double overtime last season. “We did not want to see that same thing happen. We wanted to improve to 3-0 on the year and that is what we did.” 

The Wildcats (3-0) came into the contest fresh off wins against William Woods University and Avila University.

During the first half of play C-SC controlled the field.

Although possession did not go the Trojans’ way, they still created opportunities to score.

“We were trying to figure out what tactical approach the Wildcats had,” said HLGU junior captain Santiago Diaz. “Once we figured that out we countered and created chances.”

The Trojans adjusted during halftime and came out into the second period very aggressive. They pushed the tempo and had the Wildcats on their heels.

In the 86th minute the Wildcats were given a penalty kick on a slide tackle inside the box. The kick deflected off the post and back into play. Momentum swung in favor of the Trojans but they could not build upon it enough to get on the board.

Culver-Stockton outshot the Trojans 15-5 overall.

HLGU coach David Erskine started a young cast in the matchup. Five freshmen made the starting lineup. Franz Linden, Rafael Todaro, Calin Bass, Kelvinny Santana and Juan Cerpa each saw their first collegiate action.

“This game showed the freshmen what the level of competition consists of,” Diaz said. “A big competition with a rival really made them work hard.”

The Trojans (0-1) will look to bounce back Saturday as they are scheduled to play at Mount Mercy University.

“This will be a good lesson for the guys,” said Diaz. “We learned a lot from this game.”