COLUMBIA — It was a cold, windy game and the Hickman soccer team was bundled up in hats, gloves and hooded sweatshirts on Friday night.
The Kewpies lost 1-0 to the Wildcats in the Rock Bridge Shootout and weather may have been a factor.
“It was vicious, this was our coldest game and we weren’t ready for it,” Hickman’s Marcus Tigue said. “I cramped up.”
Hickman and Rock Bridge are co-hosting the Rock Bridge Shootout, which brings in teams from all over the state. Both of the Columbia schools co-hosted the Bruin Shootout last week where Hickman split with a win over Mehlville and a loss to Parkway Central.
Eureka scored the only goal of the game with 15 minutes left in the first half when Kyle Gardner connected on a strike from the right side of the field and passed Hickman’s goalkeeper Adrian Laikert.
The Wildcats kept the ball in the Kewpies defensive zone for most of the second half and Liakert faced many shots on goal.
“I took everything one shot at a time,” Laikert said. “I had to stay calm back there and make sure I watched the ball no matter what.”
Hickman coach Adam Taylor said his players lacked the energy needed and he was surprised because he thought his team had a good week of practice. He said he was also frustrated that his team tends to be trailing in most of their games.
“We need to get on the board first and that will give us the best chance to win,” Taylor said. "We've played in rain, we've played in snow, so we won't take that as an excuse."
The Kewpies are now 7-13-2 and will host Blue Springs High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday.