Soccer falls to Hannibal in close road match

Sporting pink jerseys for the annual Dig Pink game, Bulldogs volleyball lost to the Marshall Owls, 12-25, 25-21,22-25 at Gary Filbert Court Thursday night.
The team raised nearly $1,000 for the Relay for Life through t-shirt sales and a raffle.
"I want to thank everyone who helped us achieve that," head coach Rachel Leu said.
In the night's first game, the Owls rushed out to an early lead and never slowed down during the rout.
The second and third games were more evenly matched, with long, intense rallies and aggressive play by the Bulldogs.
"I was very proud of how hard the girls played last night," Leu said. "After the first game, we could have easily given up but the girls fought back and continued to work hard. It's the best game we've played all season."
Senior Macy Carmean had a stand-out night, providing eight kills and 17 digs for the Bulldogs.
Seniors Remington Greenwell, Brooke Tessman and Kiersten Vestal had strong performance as well. Greenwell provided 18 assists and three aces while Tessman had 18 digs and Vestal scored five kills.
The team slips to 4-13-1 with the loss, another close match that could have easily gone the other way.
During junior varsity play, the Bulldogs beat the Owls in two games, 25-23, 25-18. The freshmen routed the Owls 25-7, 25-9.
Bulldogs volleyball returns to action Saturday at the Eldon Tournament.
Bulldogs soccer slipped to 9-8, losing a close match on the road to the Hannibal Pirates, 1-0.
The game's lone goal came with just five minutes remaining in play. After battling for 75 minutes, the Pirates finished a cross with a back post header to score the winning goal.
"The major take away is how we played the game. Our team put forth an unmatchable effort," head coach Grant Johnston said. "Things may not have fallen our way, but I'm proud of the way our guys presented themselves.
"The game had a lot of baggage that deterred away from the actual game. There were dirty fouls, disrespectful fans, disrespectful coaches, and unsportsmanlike post-game theatrics. We are proud to say that none of that nonsense came from our side. Our guys played the game how it is meant to be played, with respect. Our fans respected the game as well. Despite the loss, everyone involved in our program should feel proud to be a Bulldog."
The Bulldog defense had a strong game, utilizing strong teamwork to hold the Pirates to one goal.
"Our defense played exceptionally well," Johnston said. "The back four of our defense consists of Sam Hobbs, Rory McKeown, Ben Miller, and Kamden Ekern. Our keeper, Tyler Warmbrodt, played a fantastic game as well. As a unit, I believe this is the best game they have played all season."
The Bulldogs host Elsberry, Montgomery County and Chillicothe during the Bulldog Invitational Saturday. Mexico opens play against Elsberry at 9 a.m.