Five games into the season and the Hannibal girls’ soccer team has not allowed any of its opponents to score. The Lady Pirates latest was North Central Missouri Conference (NCMC) rival Mexico. Hannibal beat the Lady Bulldogs 8-0 Monday night at Porter Stadium.
“It has been nice,” Hannibal coach Eri Hill said. “We are not winning games 1-0 all the time. We had the close game last week with Moberly, but our offense is providing the spark and the defense is playing really well.”
Theresa Sheffer led the way with two goals while the rest of the scoring came from five different individuals.
“It keeps the team morale up when they are all getting involved,” Hill said. “We have a few other girls that have scored a number of goals for us this year that didn’t score tonight, but we know that they are capable of scoring as well. As a coach, you like to see that as a team because it is tough for the other team to know who they need to shut down.”
Katherine Allen got the scoring started in the 16th minute when she scored on a free kick.
Sheffer made it 2-0 Hannibal when she recorded her first goal in the 32nd minute on an assist from Raylynn Charlton. Four minutes later, Charlton made it 3-0 when she scored on an assist from Paige Utterback.
The score remained 3-0 for the rest of the first half.
In the second half, freshman Lauran Wheelan scored her first goal of the season in the 49th minute with Ashley Wilson getting the assist. Five minutes later Alex Nichols found the net while Utterback picked up her second assist of the night.
After a pair of assists, Utterback joined the scoring spree with Allen picking up her second assist in the 60th minute. Freshman Bailey Welch made it 7-0 when she scored an unassisted goal in the 68th minute. Sheffer then closed out the scoring with her second goal, this one unassisted, of the game in the 72nd minute.
While Mexico got the ball on Hannibal’s side of the field, the Lady Bulldogs never registered a shot. Kaitlyn Edge earned her 5th win of the game and her 5th shutout of the season.
“Kaitlyn gets the shut out again in goal,” Hill said. “Five games and five shut outs. ... She didn’t make any offical saves, but she did make some nice plays for us tonight.”
In the junior varsity game, Hannibal out shot Mexico 25-0 as the Lady Pirates routed the Lady Bulldogs 10-0.
Lucy Roisum and Welch each recorded hat trick’s in the JV game. Roisum had 4 goals for her second hat trick of the season while Welch had 3 goals for her third hat trick of the season.
Also scoring for the Lady Pirates JV was Makenzie Morris, Eve Georgeson, and Jennifer Fohey. Goal keeper Summer Golian earned the shut out victory for the Lady Pirates. Gabby Ewert recorded an assist for the Hannibal JV squad.
With the win, the Lady Pirates improve to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in NCMC play. Hannibal will be facing a pair of NCMC opponents on the road for the next two games. The Lady Pirates travel to Boonville on Wednesday for a make-up game and then to Fulton on Thursday.