It wasn't enough for the win, but coach Eric Hill liked what he saw out of his Hannibal boys soccer team during a 2-0 loss at Quincy Notre Dame on Wednesday night.
It wasn't enough for the win. However, coach Eric Hill liked what he saw out of his Hannibal boys soccer team Wednesday night.
Hannibal made a valiant defensive effort but was unable to find the back of the net during a 2-0 non-conference road defeat against Quincy Notre Dame at Advance Physical Therapy Field.
The Pirates fall to 3-1 on the season.
“If we come out and play with that type of effort and intensity every night, we're going to do some good things this year,” Hill said. “We've just got to have that mentality every game.”
Mitchell Murphy put the match away in the 72nd minute with the second goal of the night for the Raiders.
Murphy lasered a shot from 35 yards out that hit the side net far post.
“That's something you just can't do anything about,” Hill said. “He got a little bit of space, turned and hit a great shot.”
QND's lone other tally came from Peyton Stegeman seven minutes into the contest.
The Raiders held a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
“The guys played really well as a whole unit defensively,” Hill said. “We had one breakdown for their first goal and they had some opportunities, but we held strong and cleared some things out of the box.”
John Maune made 12 saves between the pipes for the Pirates.
Hannibal managed just one shot on goal during the loss compared 14 for QND.
“We didn't get a whole lot of looks on goal offensively,” Hill said. “We didn't have a whole lot going on in the final third. We didn't get as many shots on goal as we need to against a team like this. And when we get opportunities, we need to capitalize.”
The Hannibal junior varsity team fell 9-1 to QND on Wednesday with Josh Baker scoring the Pirates' only goal.
Hannibal is scheduled to host Mexico for a North Central Missouri Conference match on Tuesday.