The Hillsboro Men’s Soccer Team (1-4) looked to try and win its second game of the season when the Hawks headed up to Perryville Thursday night to take on the undefeated Pirates (3-0). Despite a strong first half, the Hawks couldn’t withstand the Pirates offensive attack and lost the game 5-0.
The Hawks kept the game close in the first half, but the Pirates managed to score twice on senior goalkeeper AJ Krasnesky.
In the second half, the Hawks were able to keep the Perryville offense at bay until the final 20 minutes when the Pirates snagged an additional three goals. The three-goal outburst soured an otherwise decent performance for the Hawks, giving them a 5-0 loss.
Head coach Sam Nansel was disappointed by the loss, but emphasized that this was a teaching moment for the team.
“You either win or you learn, and we definitely learned this game,” Nansel said. “We will continue practicing and working on executing the little things that help a team win games.”
While it was a disappointing evening for the Hawks, there was a bright spot in varsity debutant and junior Tate Volmert.
Volmert came in at goalkeeper for AJ Krasnesky with 10 minutes remaining in the game and picked up three impressive saves.
Despite a strong debut, Volmert was critical of the team’s overall performance against the Pirates.
“I wasn’t in the game for a long time roughly 10 minutes against Perryville, but there were a couple of shots made on me, a couple of good ones,” Volmert said. “In the future, we need to communicate more and not play down to the other team’s level.”
They’ll try and tighten things up before Saturday’s game in the 13th annual Hillsboro Tournament.