The North Central Missouri Conference announced its All-Conference team Monday night and Hannibal had nine players named to the squad.
Hannibal had five players make First Team All Conference. The Lady Pirates had two seniors and three juniors earn honors.
Leading the way for Hannibal were seniors Theresa Sheffer and Katherine Allen.
Sheffer finished the season having set new school records for most goals in a season (35) as well as most goals in a single game (6). She also recorded 7 assists and scored 9 game winning goals (another Hannibal record). Sheffer is a three time all conference player, twice being named to the first team.
“She was a great player for us this season,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “Her hustle and determination led to many of her goals.”
While Sheffer was the offensive lead of the Lady Pirates, Allen was the defensive leader. Allen finished the season with 4 goals and 11 assists. She also recorded 2 game winning goals. While she has been all conference all four years of her high school career, this is her first time making the first team.
“She is a very intelligent player,” Hill said. “She did a fantastic job of running our defense for four years.”
Also earning the NCMC honor was goal keeper Kaitlyn Edge, defender Abby Conn, and midfielder Bri Johnson.
Edge also set a school record this season, recording 16.5 shutouts. In addition she came up with 76 saves, recorded 18.5 wins, and allowed just two goals in 12 NCMC games. Over the course of Hannibal’s 25 game season, Edge allowed just 20 goals.
According to Hill, all of Edge’s numbers are school records, except for her 76 saves.
“I have never seen a player make such a big step from one year to the next,” Hill said. “I have had multiple coaches tell me she is the best keeper they have seen in a long time. She was great at reading penalty kicks and made three great saves in the penalty kick shootout with Moberly. She wasn’t tested too often with our defense, but when she was, she usually came up big.”
Johnson finished the year with 11 goals and 8 assists and was named all conference for the first time.
“(Johnson) moved to a new position at outside mid this year,” Hill said. “She played the position very well. Her speed on the outside was killer for us all season.”
Conn, a first time all conference selection, was the only non-goal keeper to make first team for Hannibal who did not score a goal this season.
“(Conn) did a great job marking up in the back,” Hill said. “She will most likely shift to sweeper next season and take on the leadership role of our defense.”
The Lady Pirates had four players earn second team honors, two sophomores and two juniors.
Juniors Raylynn Charlton, a forward, and Jordan Lee, a defender, earned second team status as well as sophomores Ashley Wilson, a defender, and Paige Utterback, a midfielder.
If not for Sheffer’s scoring outburst, Charlton would have been the team leader in goals scored. The junior scored 19 goals, tallied 6 assists, and scored 3 game winning goals.
“Any other year (Charlton’s) goal total would have led the team,” Hill said. “She was a nice compliment to Theresa (Sheffer) and will look to lead the team in scoring next year. Raylynn had a great season and this was her third year being all conference.”
Lee scored twice for the Lady Pirates during the season. The junior was named all conference for the first time.
Wilson contibuted a pair of assists for the Lady Pirates and specialized in a unique way of throwing the ball back into play. Wilson would do a flip where she picked the ball up off the ground during the flip and threw the ball into play.
“(Lee) did a nice job at outside back all year,” Hill said. “(Wilson) was very dangerous for us this year with her flip throw-ins.”
Utterback just missed scoring double figure goals, as she tallied nine on the year. However, she also recorded 8 assists. The all conference nod is a first for the Hannibal sophomore.
“(Utterback) also led our team in fouls,” Hill said. “She was a physical presence for us in the midfield all year.”
All-Conference honors were not all that was awarded on Monday. For its play during the district tournament, six Lady Pirates earned All District status.
Allen, Edge, and Sheffer were named first team All District while Johnson, Conn, and midfielder Lauren Wheelan were named Second Team All District.
“Lauren Wheelan was only a freshman,” Hill said, “but she played very well at center mid to earn all district honors.”