Shelby Stine is winding down her career as the all-time leading scorer for the Hannibal High School girls soccer program.
Shelby Stine made history without even knowing it.
The Hannibal senior scored the 100th goal of her prep career Friday night during a win at Marshall.
“I knew I was close, but I didn't know I was that close,” Stine said. “No soccer girl in Hannibal has been able to score that, so me being the first one is pretty cool.”
The standout forward didn't find out until after the game that she had reached the round milestone.
It was the culmination of a stellar high school career.
“Shelby brings a lot to the team,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “She scores a lot of goals for us, particularly in close because of her tenacity and how she always follows up and makes good runs in.”
Stine, a four-year starter, became Hannibal's primary source of scoring as a junior when she broke the school record with 41 goals in a season.
The standout has provided 39 goals through 22 games this year.
The senior is quick to point out how she has improved over the course of her career as a Lady Pirate and to acknowledge those who have helped her find the back of the net on a regular basis.
“From Paige Utterback helping me as a freshman to gain confidence and then to this year, helping the younger kids, it's cool watching everyone transform,” she said.
Hill mentioned Stine's triple digit goal total is a testament to the entire team.
“Her teammates have done such a nice job of getting her the ball,” Hill said. “This team moves the ball really well, and Shelby is as good as anybody at getting in the right spot.”
Stine cracked the lineup right away for Hannibal, starting at forward as a freshman and in the midfield her sophomore campaign.
Since returning to her role as a forward her junior year, she has significantly matured in her play.
“As she's matured, she's more confident and comfortable in that position of being relied on to score a good number of our goals,” Hill said.
The Hannibal-LaGrange University commit, who increased her career scoring total to 103 goals during a loss Wednesday, has learned plenty of lessons along the way.
“I've learned to play my best, because good things will come out of it,” she said. “If you have your teammates there to help you, it's going to be good.”
Hannibal plays at Boonville on Friday night.
With a win, the Lady Pirates would secure the outright North Central Missouri Conference championship.
“Friday is one we need to focus on and win so we can take conference champs all the way,” Stine said.