Plakorus heats up for Hickman soccer before district tournament

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | 9:20 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After scoring four goals in Hickman's last game, junior Peter Plakorus continued his hot streak by adding two more to his tally against Camdenton.

His two goals helped Hickman (10-14) beat Camdenton 5-0 at home Tuesday night.

Plakorus credited his performance against Waynesville for helping his confidence against Camdenton (7-17).

"Coming off of four goals, it's just a real big confidence boost," Plakorus said. "With all that confidence I knew I would get a goal and maybe two in this game, and it just happened."

On Hickman's senior night, the Kewpies' starting lineup was made up entirely of seniors.

Plakorus, a usual starter, came off the bench in the 7th minute.

"It was weird," he said. "But I quickly got used to it."

Just a few minutes after entering the game, Plakorus took a pass from senior Alex Holliday and scored the game's first goal.

"I didn't think he saw me," Plakorus said. "But I guess he did."

Seven minutes before halftime Plakorus scored his second goal, this time on a long-range shot, to give Hickman a 3-0 lead. Hickman coach Adam Taylor said he's made shooting from outside the 18-yard-box a point of emphasis.

"We want to get the ball off a little bit quicker," Taylor said. "We've been trying to get a little too deep at times."

Taylor was pleased with Plakorus' recent performances and said he hopes it leads to goals for his teammates.

"The more goals he's scored, the more he looks to find his teammates," he said.

Hickman's next game is its Class 3, District 9 semifinal against Jefferson City. The Kewpies play the Jays at 7 p.m. Monday at Rock Bridge High School. Hickman lost to Jefferson City 4-1 on the road earlier this season.

Rock Bridge hosts the winner of Washington and Smith-Cotton at 5 p.m. Monday in the other district semifinal.

Plakorus said he is excited to get another chance to play the Jays.

"I was a little nervous going into Jeff City the first time. Such a big game. Such a big team," he said. "I'm a little more relaxed now."

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Sean Hollrah October 26, 2011 | 8:09 a.m.

Congrats to CWH on his first Varsity goal! Nice pass JG! Super assist. Go Kewps!!

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