The third time was not the charm for Marshall as the Hannibal girls’ soccer team beat the Lady Owls for the third time this season. Earlier this season, Hannibal beat Marshall 3-0 (twice) during North Central Missouri Conference play. As the top seed in the Class 2, District 8 Tournament, Hannibal doubled up those early season scores and beat Marshall 6-0 to end the Lady Owls’ season in Moberly Tuesday night.
Hannibal got on the board early when Bri Johnson scored an unassisted goal in the 14th minute and that proved to be all the scoring the Lady Pirates would need. However, just because the Lady Pirates needed only one goal, didn’t mean that Hannibal was done scoring.
Senior Theresa Sheffer, who broke the school’s single season scoring record in her previous game, added on to her record, giving Hannibal a 2-0 lead off an assist from Makenzie Morris in the 21st minute.
Sheffer has now scored 34 goals on the season.
The Lady Pirates got one more goal in the first half when Lauren Wheelan scored three minutes later to make it 3-0.
The score remained 3-0 for the remaining 16 minutes of the first half.
Once the second half began, Hannibal started scoring again. Raylynn Charlton and Paige Utterback each added goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to increase Hannibal’s lead to 5-0.
Charlton’s goal with an assist from Johnson in the 47th minute and then Utterback scored off an assist from Charlton in the 49th minute.
Then, with 14 minutes left in the game, Bailey Welch joined the scoring spree with an unassisted goal of her own to put Hannibal up 6-0.
“We had six goals from six different girls,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “The whole team got involved.”
The shutout was the 17th of the season for Hannibal. Lady Pirates’ goal keeper Kaitlyn Edge extended her team record for shutouts by one goalie to 16.5 on the season.
With the win, Hannibal improves to 19-5 on the season and 13-0 against North Central Missouri Conference competition. Hannibal will be back on the field Thursday when the Lady Pirates face another NCMC opponent, Moberly, as they try for their 20th win of the season in a game that will decide the district championship.
“We are ready to go,” Hill said. “We are well aware of what Moberly brings to the table. We have played them twice and hopefully the girls will be ready to go as we look for that district championship.”
Moberly (10-11-2) is the only NCMC school to score on Hannibal this year.
“It is going to be tough,” Hill said. “Moberly is a tough team and we will need to beat them for the third time in a season after two close matches already. The girls are looking forward to it. We will get prepared tomorrow and be ready to go on Thursday.”
Game time is set for 6 p.m.