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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Hannibal clobbers Kirksville

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  • The Hannibal girls’ soccer team is two games into its schedule and so far, the Lady Pirates have had no need for a goalie. Playing at Porter Stadium Thursday night because of poor field conditions at Veterans Field, Hannibal blew out Kirksville 10-0.
    “The key to right now is that we are being very unselfish,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “The girls are working the ball well and they are looking for the passes and looking for the girls making the runs. We are getting them the ball and we are getting them in good spots. We have been very fortunate that we have been able to play this well so early in the season. ... I would like to think this isn’t our best of the season. I think that we can still get better.”
    Hannibal junior Raylynn Charlton said there was a difference playing at Porter Stadium over the Lady Pirates regular home field.
    “Normally we are at Veterans and on grass,” Charlton said. “This time we were on turf so it was a quicker pace and I thought we played really well. ... I think coming out here and doing as well as we did was really good for our team. I hope to keep it going.”
    Charlton led the charge for the Lady Pirates as she recorded a hat trick, in the first half. Senior Theresa Sheffer finished with a pair of goals for Hannibal.
    “(Charlton) played well,” Hill said. “Raylynn really finished for us tonight. She is playing a forward for us and we want her really getting the ball at her feet and either creating for someone else or getting the opportunity to go at the goal. She was the recipient of some nice passes tonight and she did a excellent job of putting them in the back of the net. She has been scoring for us the past two years and we didn’t expect anything different this year.”
    Sheffer got the scoring started with a goal at the 36:32 mark of the first half. With the exception of Bri Johnson’s goal at the 16:23 mark, the rest of the first half belonged to Charlton.
    Charlton scored the Lady Pirates’ second, fourth, fifth, and sixth goals of the first half. Charlton’s first goal came at the 32:36 mark to put Hannibal up 2-0. After Johnson scored to make it a 3-0 Lady Pirate lead, Charlton added her second goal of the half at 14:59 to extend the lead to 4-0.
    Just over a minute later, Charlton scored again. Her third goal came at 13:40 and gave the junior her first career hat trick.
    “It was pretty exciting,” Charlton said. “I have never done that before. It was pretty gut-jittering.”
    Page 2 of 3 - After a scoreless period that lasted just about 11 minutes, Charlton picked up her fourth goal of the game at the 2:38 mark. Charlton’s goal gave Hannibal a 6-0 lead heading into the break.
    The second half was scoreless until Paige Utterback scored at the 27:07 mark. The Lady Pirates nearly had a goal two minutes earlier, but before Katherine Allen was able to knock the ball into the goal, it brushed off the hand of another Hannibal player.
    Even though her goal was nullified, Allen had another chance at the 24:08 mark when she launched a free kick from the 25 yard line right into the net to extend Hannibal’s lead to 8-0.
    “I thought we passed very well,” Charlton said. “We made a lot of good choices on goal and we stayed spread out.”
    Sheffer picked up her second goal of the night at the 15:36 mark to put Hannibal up 9-0. Then with 12:54 to go in the game, Kendal Welch got her first goal of the season to end the game right then and there via the mercy rule.
    “It was just exciting to come out and 10-0 Kirksville,” Charlton said.
    In addition to her two goals, Sheffer also picked up an assist for the Lady Pirates. Johnson had a pair of assists to go with her one goal while Utterback added one assist with her goal. Freshman Makenzie Morris also recorded an assist for Hannibal.
    “It is nice to see when you have five six girls scoring in a game.” Hill said. “It is not going to happen all the time, but people are willing to take the shots and people are willing to make the passes to give people those opportunities. And that is just part of what is going right with us right now.
    For the most part, Hannibal goal keeper Kaitlyn Edge was not needed. She sat back and watched as her teammates kept the ball on the Kirksville side of the field. Edge earned her second win of the season while also picking up her second shutout of the season.
    “It kept our spirits high,” Charlton said. “When you are controlling the game, you tend to keep up your hard work. I thought our defense played really well when we didn’t have the ball and the offense kept it to mainly on our side.”
    In junior varsity action, the Lady Pirates routed Kirksville’s JV squad 8-0. Lucy Roisum and Morris each recorded hat tricks in the junior varsity win. Roisum had four total goals while Morris had three goals and an assist. The Lady Pirates’ other goal came from Bailey Welch – who recorded a hat trick in Hannibal’s previous JV game.
    Page 3 of 3 - Hannibal will hit the road this afternoon as the Lady Pirates travel to Canton to play Tuesday’s game that was weathered out. Game gets underway at 4 p.m.

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