Hickman girls soccer team's offensive woes continue against Francis Howell Central

Saturday, April 14, 2012 | 6:43 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Hickman girls soccer team's 1-0 loss to Francis Howell Central was another example of the Kewpies' season-long offensive struggle.

In the Kewpies' five losses, they have scored one goal.

Saturday was more of the same for Hickman (2-5-1), as an early breakaway goal by the Spartans in the seventh minute proved to be the difference.

"We really need to work more on maintaining possession on offense," Hickman head coach Tony Gragnani said.

"These last few games have gone, 1-0, 1-0 and we have been in it defensively, we just need to find a way to put it into the back of the net."

Gragnani said he credits his team's defensive play to freshman goalkeeper Emily Miller.

"Being just a freshman and being able to adapt so quickly to the varsity level has been great. She is a really big performer for us," Gragnani said.

"I really just try to do my job and be aggressive and get to whatever I can," Miller said. "It's just been frustrating these last three games that we have let up goals so early. We need to get out of that pattern."

The Kewpies' next game is at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at Hickman against Jefferson City.

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