Every so often a team is able to speak with its play.
“Hickman’s work rate was much better than ours,” Rock Bridge coach David Graham said. “They played very well as a team. It’s very emotional for them.”
The Bruins (10-4) came out strong in the first minute of play. Michael Ferguson took a pass from David Hilderbrand and made a hard shot that got past goalkeeper Drew Hudda to the left.
“Usually in these games it’s a one goal game,” Hickman assistant coach Jay Ward said. “When they scored in the first minute I thought ‘My goodness this is going to be a 60-goal game.”
Hickman’s Daniel Schmidt said that the Bruins’ quick score gave the Kewpies renewed determination rather than tempting them to give up.
“We really knew we had to step up our game,” Schmidt said.
In the eighth minute of play the Kewpies (6-2-2) responded.
Bruins defender Dov Turner attempted to bring the ball up the right side of the field, but the Kewpies’ Daniel Weagley forced him to pass the ball to the center of the field. The Bruins’ Sean Squires intercepted the pass and moved past defender Jacob Pratt to take a hard shot that went by goalkeeper Tanner Mills to the left.
Hickman’s second goal came when Mike Moesel took a free kick from the midfield line. Moesel lofted the ball 50 yards to the left side of the goal box where Cole Riley headed it in.
Hickman’s winning goal came in the 34th minute. Schmidt shot the ball into the high left corner after a scramble for the ball in the box.
The Bruins’ second goal came on a free kick in the 38th minute. Matt Lightner’s kick from the right side of goal deflected off Weagley’s head just over the keeper’s reach into the left side.
Despite several runs at goal, neither team scored in the second half.
“They were faster than we were tonight,” Graham said. “At half we talked about getting outworked and outplayed. We knew we had to work and continue to play hard.”
Ward said the Bruin’s speed challenged his team.
“We had to stay tight and compact,” Ward said. “If we let them go through us we risked losing the ball into the back of the net. Staying compact in the second half really helped us.
“Defense is an 11-man job, we worked hard defensively, both sides played really great defense.”