by Rob Tetro
Before the conclusion of the Hannibal girls varsity soccer team’s season, the team honored its eight seniors who have played in their final games for The Lady Warriors.
Seniors Erica Weldin, Alexis Stephens, Erle Setsaas, Tiffany Cook, Molly Downing, Sara Williams, Sam Familo and Ashley Thompson earned the respect of Coach Dan Witmer during their time representing Hannibal on the soccer field.
According to Witmer, he’s been around these eight seniors for the majority of their time at Hannibal High School. They were attentive and hard working soccer players and believed in the vision that Witmer had for them both as individual athletes and as a team.
The team finished the season with a 5-11 record, which was two games shy of earning a sectional bid. Witmer said that the season was truly a successful one not just because of their win total but because of some of the talented teams they took on in Section 3 Class B.
The Lady Warriors gave Cazenovia all that it could handle before falling in overtime and they kept Westhill off the scoreboard for 38 minutes. Witmer suggested that Solvay and Skaneateles are two of the toughest teams in the state and Hannibal only lost to those teams by two goals each.
Hannibal’s seniors can also be proud that they were able to come away with a win on Senior Day. Kassi Jones and Stephens came through for the Lady Warriors during last week’s 2-0 win over Jordan-Elbridge.
Jones scored a goal assisted by Williams to give Hannibal a 1-0 lead during the first half of the game. During the second half, Stephens’ first goal of the season gave the Lady Warriors a 2-0 lead. Kaylee Esposito saved all eight shots on goal.
The Lady Warriors were a balanced scoring team this season. Norweigan foreign exchange student Erle Estaas scored nine goals while Jones and Devin Sorell chipped in eight goals each. Tiffany Cook tallied six goals for Hannibal.
Sorell was the team leader in assists with nine. Following Sorell were Gabby Griffin with seven assists and Setsaas tallied five assists while Stephens chipped in four assists.