Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Hillsboro Hawks came up short Tuesday, falling to Pacific 3-2.
The game was quiet until the 20th minute when Pacific scored the first goal to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Colton Leonard assisted a goal by Sergio Cruz that tied the game for the Hawks. The tie was broken in the 39th minute by Pacific. Hillsboro trailed 2-1 at the half.
The Hawks continued to battle. In the 62nd minute it was the same tandem that scored the first Hillsboro goal but in reverse. Cruz found Leonard and Leonard found the back of the net to tie it at 2-2. The game-winning goal came in the 80th minute, but it was not by the Hawks. Pacific scored and held off Hillsboro for the remainder of the contest.
“We just need to work on playing our game all 80 minutes,” Ryan Walker said. “And not letting up at the end or at any point in the game.”
The Hawks seemed to think they needed to improve on the minor details.
“We played a well rounded game and came up short because of a few poor bounces,” Leonard said. “We just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net or get them to count. This one hurt but we plan to learn from it for the future.”
AJ Krasnesky started the game in goal for the Hawks and made 10 saves. Cruz and Leonard each had one goal and one assist. Hillsboro had nine shots on goal compared to Pacific’s 13.
“We played another great game but unfortunately the outcome didn’t reflect it,” head coach Sam Nansel said. “We dominated possession and connected very well. We had very few mistakes but they led to goals and turned this game around to Pacific having the better result.”
The loss was Hillsboro’s eighth and brought its record to 2-8. The Hawks run up against Sikeston next on Saturday, Oct. 3.