HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal girls soccer coach Eric Hill wasn't convinced the foul call was the right call.
How the Pirates reacted to it was more frustrating.
St. Charles West was awarded a penalty kick with 23 minutes remaining in the second half after Hannibal was called for taking a player down in the penalty area, and forward Courtney Schreiber converted the PK for the go-ahead goal and a 2-1 advantage. However, Hill didn't think it should have been the deciding goal.
"We just needed to keep playing regardless of what we feel about the call," Hill said. "There were still 20 minutes to get back in it and even things up."
Hannibal never found the offensive flow needed to create chances to tie the game, and fell 2-1 in Saturday's championship of the Hannibal Tournament at Veterans Park.
The Pirates (9-3) had those chances in the first half, and converted one four minutes into the game. Freshman forward Bella Falconer collected a header by her sister Kaylee Falconer and buried a shot past St. Charles West goalkeeper Savannah Gilblair for a 1-0 lead.
"I just kind of turned and shot," Bella Falconer said.
That lead lasted only moments.
Off the restart, St. Charles West (10-3) quickly worked the ball through Hannibal's defense, and it was played to forward Emma Keeven. Hannibal goalkeeper Abby Baumann came out to make a play, but Keeven slotted the game-tying goal past Baumann into the right corner.
"I think it caught them off guard," St. Charles West coach Matt Dwyer said. "It was frustrating to give up the early goal."
The Pirates had chances to regain the lead after the Warriors' response. Hannibal came up empty on two corner kicks immediately after St. Charles West's goal.
With 24 minutes left in the first half, Bella Falconer collected a through ball, beat her defender and fired a shot past Gilblair, but it rattled off the left post and back into play. Hannibal couldn't take advantage of a free kick from 19 yards with 12 minutes remaining, and had a shot go over the bar a minute later.
Hannibal had five shots in the first half.
"I think the frustrating part is we had those opportunities in the first half and didn't put it away," Hill said.
"We could have had this game taken care of in the first half, and that came back to bite us."
St. Charles West limited Hannibal's opportunities in the second half. The Warriors moved a fourth defender to the back row, making it tougher for the Pirates to create.
The Pirates had just two shots in the second half.
"They had a defender stay really far back," Bella Falconer said. "We do a lot of through balls, and that was tough with her back there."
The Warriors were able to create more by playing up the wings, which led to winning a penalty. St. Charles West had 10 shots in the second half, and outshot Hannibal 19-7.
Baumann made 11 saves for the Pirates.
Hannibal defeated Raymond-Peculiar 3-1 in the semifinals to advance to the championship. Bella Falconer scored the first two goals, and Maddie Janes sealed it with the third goal.
St. Charles West 2, Hannibal 1
7 Shots 19
11 Saves 1
3 Corners 5
0 Offsides 1
12 Fouls 15
St. Charles West 1 1--2
Hannibal 1 0--1
H--Bella Falconer (Kaylee Falconer), 4:00
S--Emma Keeven (Abbie Gilblair), 4:00
S--Courtney Schreiber (penalty), 57:00
Hannibal 3, Raymond-Peculiar 1
15 Shots 7
0 Saves 9
0 Corners 4
0 Offsides 0
5 Fouls 3
Raymond-Peculiar 1 0--1
Hannibal 1 2--3
H--Bella Falconer (Kaylee Falconer), 11:00
R--Sammy Como (unassisted), 24:00
H--Bella Falconer (Kaylee Falconer), 52:00
H--Maddie Janes (Bella Falconer), 78:00