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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Lady Pirates slip by Moberly

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  • Entering play Thursday night, the Hannibal girls' soccer team was set to play a Moberly team that had won the past four North Central Missouri Conference (NCMC) titles. In addition, Moberly was riding a 48-game NCMC winning streak. But when the game ended, the streak was over as Hannibal beat Moberly 1-0 Thursday night.
    "We were the team that snapped that," Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. "It was an exciting win and a big win and we are getting ready for another tough team on Monday."
    The one goal was a season low for Hannibal as the Lady Pirates entered the game averaging over five goals a game. However, one was all the Lady Pirates needed.
    "The girls played really well," Hill said. "We kind of played on our heels there at the end, but we got the win."
    Hannibal got its lone goal in the first half when senior Theresa Sheffer scored an unassisted goal off of a corner kick.
    Thursday's game was orginally scheduled to be played at Moberly, however, with the recent stretch of bad weather, the Lady Spartans field was not in a playable condition and the game was moved to Hannibal. Because of that, the Lady Pirates played their second home game of the season at Porter Stadium.
    "It was nice to be able to play at home," Hill said. "The girls are liking playing on turf. I never thought I would say that about this girls team, but they love playing on turf. They have gotten used to it and are doing really well on it."
    Hannibal goal keeper Kaitlyn Edge had seven saves as she picked up her fourth win and fourth shut out of the season.
    "I told you we would eventually need (Edge)," Hill said. "She made some nice plays tonight. It wasn't just the saves that she had, but she came off the line a few times and cleared the ball out. She was big for us tonight and did a great job."
    With the win, Hannibal improves to 3-0 against NCMC teams and 4-0 overall, all while not allowing a goal this season.
    "That is one of the things I am most excited about," Hill said. "Moberly is still a tough team this year. We are going to play them again later on and I think we will be in for another battle. Tonight was a very good game of soccer and I think that it will be like that again, but to have played four games and to have four shutouts is just exciting. The girls are playing very well defensively."
    In the junior varsity game, the Lady Pirates beat Moberly 6-0. Bailey Welch had her second hat trick of the season as she lead Hannibal with three goals as well as one assist. Makenzie Morris had two goals for Hannibal and Calen Bailey had one.
    Page 2 of 2 - Next up, the Lady Pirates will host another NCMC foe when Mexico comes to town on Monday. Like the Lady Pirates' first two home games, Monday's game will be played at Porter Stadium. The junior varsity is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with varsity to follow.

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