When the Bulldogs varsity boy's soccer team played Hannibal during a preseason jamboree they were outscored 4-3.
That's why Mexico head coach Chris Hawkins expected when the Pirates came to town on Tuesday for a North Central Missouri Conference game that it would be a fairly even affair. Those expectations simply weren't to be, though, as the team wound up falling 10-2.
"Last night we came out strong and we were playing well. We were connecting passes and going to the ball, but we were on our heels for most of the time since Hannibal had possession of the ball for the most part," said Hawkins. "We had plenty of breakaways, but their goalie would come out fairly far to get the ball. We had a couple of shots on him but no one there to follow."
In the first half Mexico didn't allow a goal until about 20 minutes had passed. Unfortunately, once the defense was compromised Hannibal added insult to injury by going up 4-0 at halftime.
"We were all down at half just trying to get our bearings back and create some damage control. We played a defensive formation, but it is hard to defend if someone is bearing down on the keeper from midfield to clean up what his other teammates have done," Hawkins said. "Toward the end of the game we learned from our mistakes and pressured their keeper and not giving up on a ball."
Scoring for the Bulldogs in the second half were Jeff Haines and Alex Dukes on assists from Connor Frazier and Diego Vasquez.
Mexico, 3-6 overall, 2-3 NCMC, has a league game at Boonville on Thursday.