COLUMBIA — If Peter Plakorus* was nervous before the home opener for the Hickman boy's soccer team Thursday night he sure didn't let it show in the Kewpies' 3-0 victory.
The Fulton transfer scored 1:32 into the game to stake Hickman to a 1-0 lead over district foe Smith-Cotton. The junior followed that up with a second goal not soon after to give his team a 2-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the match.
Hickman coach Adam Taylor said Plakorus' first goal was huge for the team.
"It really set the tone and let us feed off of that," Taylor said.
Grahm Meyer scored off a free kick with less than a minute left in the first half to give the Kewpies breathing space at 3-0.
Taylor said he was happy with the execution by Meyer.
"On set pieces we want to create chaos in the box and just see if something good happens," Taylor said.
Getting an early goal and a big lead plays to the strength of a team like Hickman that, according to its coach, "preaches possession." Despite having those luxuries, Taylor said his team possessed better in the first half.
"I see two different teams," he said. "One that wants to possess and one that doesn't."
After playing almost an entire month outside Columbia, the Kewpies took full advantage of the chance to play on their home turf in hopes of building some confidence heading into next week. Hickman plays Wednesday at Rock Bridge and in St. Louis over the weekend in the Gateway City Soccer Classic.
"It helps to be back home," Taylor said.