COLUMBIA — Fans at the Hickman High School Girl's Soccer Tournament were bundled up in heavy jackets and blankets like it was late November. The temperature and heavy wind added to the already-tense atmosphere — the game was scoreless at the ends of both regulation and extra time.
During the ensuing penalty kicks, Holt High School and Hickman were tied 3-3 after Indians goalie Abby Rowen saved Allie Lopez's kick. Kewpie goalie Emily Miller needed to record a save to prevent a loss.
Olivia Bogolin's shot went left, and Miller dove right. The ball soared into the back of the net and it was game over.
"I try to make sure I dive on every shot," Miller said about penalty kicks. "I have to hope I make the right read."
The Kewpies lost 1-0 after the 4-3 shootout loss, but Hickman head coach Tony Gragnani thought his team had lost the game long before then.
"We didn't show up to play," Gragnani said. "We struggled in both halves, and it was not until the overtimes when we gave ourselves any good chances."
Inability to create good scoring chances has been a problem for Hickman all year. Friday was the eighth shut out for the 4-8-1 Kewpies.
Hickman moves to the consolation bracket and will face the loser of the match between Helias and Nixa at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hickman.
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