COLUMBIA — The Hickman girls soccer team took a step forward on Tuesday. Thursday night it took a step back.
The Kewpies (0-3) lost 3-0 to Camdenton High School (1-0). Two days earlier Hickman lost, but contained Pemboke Hill to two goals, both from penalities.
Coach Tony Gragnani didn’t know if it was because the team played two games in three days, or if the girls warmed up wrong. Maybe it was because of the frigid weather with temperatures dropping into the 30s.
“There are so many things that contribute,” Gragnani said. “We came out flat. Mentally we were not in it in the start of the game.”
The game was scoreless at halftime, but Gragani told his team during the halftime talk they were lucky they weren’t down 3-0.
“In the first half Camdenton had a lot of chances and they were able to finish in the second half,” Gragnani said.
The Kewpies struggled to complete passes and connect plays.
“Everytime we made a good defensive play the pass up front would be off,” Gragnani said. “Camdenton wanted it more and came out hard.”
Although not reflected in the score, Gragnani did see improvement in the second half .
“We played harder and had more shots on goal in the second half,” Gragnani said.
The Kewpies travel this weekend to the Rolla Tournament and play Springfield Catholic in the first round on Friday.
“We weekend is always a challenging weekend, but we look forward to it,” Gragnani said. “We always start off playing Catholic. They have a great program and bring great competition.”