Pirates’ resolve leads to right answer in erasing deficit against Blue Devils

Hannibal’s Clayton Neisen (99) grabs the ball over Thomas Janes (7) during the Pirates match against the Quincy Blue Devils, Thursday in Hannibal.  Mathew Kirby (Herald WhigCourier Post)

Hannibal goalkeeper Clayton Neisen, left, grabs the ball over Thomas Janes during Thursday night’s game against Quincy High School at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal boys soccer team continues to prove it has the resolve to answer any setback.

Thursday night at Veterans Field, the Pirates answered with a pair of goals.

After allowing Quincy High School to score on a penalty kick and a corner kick to take a 2-1 lead midway through the first half, Hannibal used goals from Bodie Rollins and Kevin Westhoff to regain the lead and never relinquish it in a 3-2 victory.

Rollins set up teammate Austin Salerno for the game’s first goal, but the Blue Devils answered in the 18th minute when Stupasky drew a foul in the box and converted the penalty kick. In the 28th minute, QHS sophomore Trace Routh scored off an Evan Sohn corner kick.

The Blue Devils couldn’t make the lead last, in large part to Rollins.

The junior forward scored off a Westhoff assist in the 31st minute and then set up Westhoff’s game-winning goal in the 34th minute. Hannibal goalkeeper Clayton Neisen and the Pirates’ defense shut out the Blue Devils in the second half as they improved to 7-2 overall.

Quincy fell to 2-7.

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