The Hannibal girls soccer team improved to 9-4 on the season with a trio of wins over Maryville, Macomb and Burlington.
Sometimes all a team needs is a little rest.
The Hannibal girls soccer team played four games last week before a flat performance on Tuesday.
The Lady Pirates looked like a different team this weekend at their own invitational. The team improved to 9-4 on the season with a trio of wins over Maryville, Macomb and Burlington.
Hannibal registered a hard-fought 4-2 win over Maryville Friday night in its opener before a pair of shutouts over Macomb and Burlington by the scores of 10-0 and 4-0, respectively.
“Coming back from the Helias game (6-0 loss on Tuesday), this just shows how much we are improving,” junior Chloe Ebers said of the wins. “We played some tough competition and I think we played well as a team.”
Despite the 3-0 mark, the team did not take home the tournament championship. Summit Christian also finished 3-0 in tournament play and won based on tie-breakers. Both teams allowed just two goals in the tournament, but Summit Christian edged the Lady Pirates in goals scored, 22-18.
Hannibal captain Shelby Stine was still pleased with the outcome of the tournament.
“I wish we would have got first place, but I am still happy with second,” the starting forward said. “We played very well this weekend. From having a tough match Friday night and a 10-0 game this morning and winning 4-0 in our last game we played well as a team.”
The two wins on Saturday were even more impressive when given the Lady Pirates had less than a two-hour break between games and a short bench due to injuries. It was a gritty performance, which Stine also lauded her teammates.
“With all of our dead legs we all still just pushed through the pain to do our very best,” the junior noted. “That’s what I love about this team is the dedication and courage each person has within themselves and the team.”
Stine scored five goals in the tournament, including a hat trick in the win against Macomb. She now has 21 goals on the season, which is already seven more than her previous career-high for a season.
“Shelby is just consistent as she has scored in every single game we have scored in,” Lady Pirates coach Eric Hill said of his leading scorer. “She has just proven she is a goal scorer for us this year. It will be interesting to see how high she can get up there with 20 this early in the season. So we will keep riding her, I guess.”
Another offensive star emerged from the weekend in the form of the defensive regular Ebers. The junior tallied four goals in the three wins, including a pair against Macomb. She entered the tournament with just one goal on the season.
After a goal Friday night and her three goals on Saturday, Ebers defered all the credit to her teammates.
“It was good to get the goals but it was because of my teammates,” the humble defensive starter said. “They are the ones who made it happen with some great passes.”
Ebers also noted she was proud of her team for the way they have battled through all the injuries, giving them a short bench.
“I think we finished strong for the number of players we had,” she said. ‘We worked hard as a team all weekend and pulled off another win. Although we didn’t come away with first we always have next year.”
Aside from the scoring, Hill mentioned he was more impressed with Ebers defense.
“Maryville had two really good goal scorers and Chloe pretty much shut them down,” the Pirates coach said. “They both had one goal, but I thought Chloe did a nice job of not letting either one of them break loose.”
Not to be outdone on the offensive end, Peyton Utterback recorded four goals during the weekend. The freshman tallied two goals Friday night and two more Saturday morning against Macomb. Her first goal Friday night proved to be the game-winner. She now has 12 goals on the season.
Hannibal (9-4) travels to conference foe Kirksville Monday evening.