MEXICO, Mo. – The Hannibal boys soccer team appeared heading for a second overtime period.
Nathan DeStefane didn't let it happen.
The Hannibal senior forward took a through ball from Drew Porter, and buried a shot past the Missouri Military Academy goalkeeper with 16 seconds remaining in overtime for a 1-0 victory Tuesday night.
“He had a defender hanging all over him,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said.
It was the kind of finish Hill didn't know would happen after the first 80 minutes of play.
“We honestly didn't play very well,” Hill said. “Just for whatever reason whether it was just getting off the bus, or whatever, we just didn't have our touch.”
The Pirates still had their chances. Hannibal registered 21 shots and 13 were on goal.
Only the last shot found the back of the net.
Hill said it was crucial to win the game in overtime.
“We told the guys after regulation if we didn't take care of stuff and go into penalty kicks, it's not always the better team that will win,” Hill said. “To get it done in OT was important. We weren't at our best tonight, so if we went to penalty kicks who knows what would have happened.”