|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (1-0-0)||1||1||2|
|Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) (0-1-0)||0||1||1|
|1||27:31||Ljubisa Palic (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||52:29||Masine Zakaria (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||71:05||Sebastian Espino (Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.))|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)|
|2 Players (#7,#10) - 1||Goals||#7 Sebastian Espino - 1|
|#10 Ljubisa Palic - 1||Assists||None|
|#10 Ljubisa Palic - 7||Shots||2 Players (#7,#10) - 6|
|#00 Hunter Hermsen - 7||Saves||#1 Joaquin Hansen - 8|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)|
|18 (10)||Shots (on goal)||19 (8)|
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Opening the season on the road against a ranked opponent, the Mount Mercy men's soccer team took a two-score advantage and held on to defeat 25th-ranked Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in a non-conference match on Wednesday at Blackwell Field.
The Trojans (0-1-0) out-shot the Mustangs (1-0-0) in the first half, 7-6, but Ljubisa Palic made one count for Mount Mercy to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute. Later, Palic set up Masine Zakaria for what turned out to be the game-winner in the 53rd minute. Sebastian Espino drew Hannibal-LaGrange with a score in the 72nd minute, but goalkeeper Hunter Hermsen (seven saves) and the Mustangs kept the equalizer off the board for the final 18 minutes to get their second-straight season-opening win.
Things don't get any easier for Mount Mercy, which hosts NCAA Division I Western Illinois on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.