JEFFERSON CITY – One moment of brilliance from Nathan Wilke was not enough for the Hickman boys soccer team to overcome Jefferson City and a huge disadvantage in possession in a 4-1 loss to the Jays on Tuesday night at the Art Firley Soccer Complex.
Wilke’s strike from the top of the 18-yard box, which beat Jays keeper CJ Loehner 11:26 seconds into the game, gave the Kewpies a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Hickman coach Adam Taylor said he was happy to see Wilke execute a plan to “take shots from distance.” Taylor said he hoped the goal would provide a spark, but it never came.
Jefferson City scored its first goal just three minutes later when a Jays corner kick led to a scramble inside the six-yard box. The ball finally fell to Tyler Luebbert, who shot it through the crowd to tie the game at 1.
With 10:24 left in the first half, Jefferson City went ahead 2-1 after a deflected pass sent the ball to Aaron Crane, who put a hard, low shot into the bottom corner.
Taylor said he was not at all happy with the type of game the Kewpies played.
“We couldn’t possess in the midfield and just weren’t finding the wings,” he said.
Despite being dominated in ball possession, Hickman was still in the game until Dylan Brauner scored with 16:57 left to extend Jefferson City’s lead to 3-1. A penalty kick by the Jays' Tanner Bone with 45 seconds left set the final margin.
Despite thinking his team wasn’t at its best, Taylor was quick to give credit to his opponent.
“Jefferson City is always a disciplined group and are well-coached," Taylor said. "Bottom line is they were the better team tonight.”
After going 2-1 in the Quincy Tournament over the Labor Day weekend, Taylor said his team “took a step back.”
“I can’t say anything positive about tonight, and our team shouldn’t be content with this either,” Taylor said, “Our team will need to have a short memory.”