To call Tuesday’s game against Canton a bounce-back game is a bit of an understatement.


A day after dropping the season-opener to Troy 6-1, the Hannibal Lady Pirates rebounded in a big way. Canton came to E.A. Porter Stadium and got to leave early. The Lady Pirates dominated play from the opening seconds of the game en route to a 10-0 win.


To call Tuesday’s game against Canton a bounce-back game is a bit of an understatement.

A day after dropping the season-opener to Troy 6-1, the Hannibal Lady Pirates rebounded in a big way. Canton came to E.A. Porter Stadium and got to leave early. The Lady Pirates dominated play from the opening seconds of the game en route to a 10-0 win.

“I think it was good to start with a game like Troy, because we see the things that we need to work on,” Hannibal head coach Eric Hill said. “Then it’s nice to come out here and show that we’re better than the 6-1 loss we had yesterday.”

Theresa Sheffer got the scoring started for Hannibal. A night after netting the lone Pirates’ goal against Troy, Sheffer got the first tally of the game 7:53 into the contest. Kristen Dodd had the ball near the corner flag and sent a pass to the front of the net. Sheffer one-timed the shot to give Hannibal a 1-0 lead.

Hannibal, and Sheffer, struck again 41 seconds later. After a misplay by the Canton defense, Sheffer stole the ball and used her speed to blow by the Lady Tigers’ defense for her second goal of the game and third of the season.

Audra Gilstrap added goal No. 3 5:19 later. Gilstrap stole the ball from a Lady Tiger and found the back of the net for her first mark of the season.

Kristen Dodd joined in on the fun 69 seconds later. After receiving a pass from Reagan Damon, Dodd beat the Canton goalkeeper to make the score 4-0.

Hannibal kept the pressure up and this time is was Laikyn Wheelan’s turn to score. Nearly midway through the hall, Wheelan potted a goal to put Hannibal up 5-0.

After going nearly 15 minutes without a goal, Sheffer struck again. With 16:56 left in the game, the freshman forward netted another goal for her first varsity hat trick.

Sheffer would add a fourth nearly two minutes later. After being taken down on a break, Sheffer recovered and scored her fifth goal in two days to give the Lady Pirates a 7-0.

“[Being taken down] kind of made me mad, so I wanted to get back at them,” Sheffer said.

Hannibal still wasn’t done in the first half. Kaitlin King added two tallies in the final 11 minutes to give Hannibal a 9-0 lead at the half.

Knowing that the next goal would end the game early thanks to the 10-goal mercy rule, Hannibal came out in the second half with a different strategy. The Lady Pirates worked on maintaining possession and making better passes. The result was a game of keep-away.

“We really worked on, instead of just trying to send one ball to the goal and have someone run on it, we knocked the ball around,” Hill said. “We really did that well in the second half. The girls were moving, talking and letting the ball do the work and making the Canton players chase. If we can do that, we’ll be a better team.”

After nearly 10-minutes of working on its ball-control offense, Hannibal found the back of the net to send Canton home early. Off a pass from Jamie Closser, Katherine Allen booted the ball off a Canton player and into the back of the net for the win.

Allen’s goal made it six different Hannibal players with goals on the night.

“It was nice to get the win tonight and to get some scoring and get multiple girls involved,” Hill said. “We’ve got some confidence and the girls know that they can score some goals this year.”

Kadie Hays had very little work on the night. The Lady Pirates’ goalkeeper did manage to make one save to get her first shutout of the season.

Hannibal will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Kirksville.