COLUMBIA — Players and coaches on the Hickman boys soccer team didn't seem too pleased about winning their first game of the season Tuesday night.
“This was our worst game of the season,” senior defender Scott Whitehill said. “We didn’t deserve to win.”
The Kewpies defeated visiting Northeast High School 5-3. Hickman took a four-goal lead in the first half but then allowed the Vikings to score three unanswered goals. The win gives Hickman a 1-4-2 record.
Northeast dressed just 12 players and could only sub one player off their bench. What the Vikings gave up in depth, they made up for in effort.
“We didn’t win 50-50 balls; they outbeat us, but we’re a young team and we’re going to get better,” Whitehill said. “We have to come back to practice and work hard tomorrow to get ready for our game on Saturday.”
The Kewpies let the Vikings set a fast pace instead of working on the possession game that they emphasize in practice. Hickman coach Adam Taylor said he wanted his team to pass the ball more.
His squad relied on its offense to stay in the game. Marcus Tigue, who scored twice in the first half, added a hat trick goal just before the midway point of the second half, which stopped the Vikings’ momentum.
“I just knew I had to score,” Tigue said.
Taylor said that he will take any victory he can get, but he was disappointed with the way his team performed and added that they need to work on maintaining their composure.
The Kewpies host the Olathe East High School Hawks on Saturday at LeMone Field.