Nathan DeStefane scored a pair of goals to lead the Hannibal boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory at conference rival Moberly on Tuesday.

Nathan DeStefane scored a pair of goals to lead the Hannibal boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory at Moberly on Tuesday in a North Central Missouri Conference match.

DeStefane provided the final two scores of the night for the Pirates (3-0, 2-0 NCMC).

Adam Albright got Hannibal started with a goal in the 16th minute off an assist by Tristen Terrill.

In the 29th minute, Terrill found the back of the net to make it 2-0 with DeStefane on the assist. DeStefane then scored on a Collin Poage feed to go ahead 3-0 at halftime.

Moberly countered with a goal in the 53rd minute to make it 3-1, but DeStefane scored his second of the match two minutes later to restore the three-goal lead. 

“We didn't play all that well,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “We need to move the ball a lot quicker than what we did tonight. We had some moments where we did things really well, but for the most part we had the ball stuck at our feet too much.

“Bottomline, we got a road win in conference, which is important.” 

Moberly coach Chris Buckman was pleased with the overall effort from his Spartans, who lost 10-2 and 9-0 to Hannibal a year ago.

“Hannibal has a pretty decent team, and all things considered with our injuries and inexperience, I think our guys did pretty well and gave it their all despite not getting a win,” Buckman told the Moberly Monitor-Index. 

The Hannibal junior varsity team defeated Moberly 2-0 in a shortened 20-minute match Tuesday. Tyler Stevenson and Kayne Whitley scored, while Caden Cooke secured the shutout.

Hannibal is scheduled to play at river rival Quincy Notre Dame on Wednesday night.