Payge Pleimann could not let the midfielders and forwards have all the fun.
Late in the second half of Hickman’s game against Raymore-Peculiar on Wednesday at Cosmopolitan Park, Pleimann, a Kewpies defender, moved up and put a high, arching shot into the top right corner of the Panthers’ goal.
It was one of the few opportunities a Hickman defender had to touch the ball in the Kewpies’ 6-0 victory.
Hickman took 28 shots and Raymore-Peculiar took one. The Kewpies have scored 25 goals this season.
By the second half, Pleimann said she and her fellow defenders decided the other players had had the ball enough.
“We were like, ‘Hey, we need a piece of this action,’” Pleimann said.
Several Kewpies got a piece of the action, for five players scored goals. Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said this balance was good to see.
“That’s going to be important down the road so they can’t mark on one player,” Paulsen said.
Amy Bolerjack scored the game’s first goal in the 13th minute when she put a shot in the bottom-left corner of the goal from about 15 yards out.
Four minutes later, Panthers goalie Sam Summers dove to stop a Jodi Bolerjack shot and the ball bounced over her into the goal.
Janelle Cordia scored the final goal of the first half when she made a run through the defense and put a shot over Summers’ head.
Hickman midfielder Kelly Olmstead said the Kewpies didn’t relax after gaining a 3-0 halftime lead. She said the Kewpies (6-0) prevent that by rotating in so many players.
“They all want theirs, so they come in and play hard,” Olmstead said.
Jodi Bolerjack scored her second goal and 11th of the season in the 47th minute after Shelly Forbis headed the ball to her a few feet in front of the goal.
In the 58th minute, Megan McCabe faked a cross to the center, drove toward the left post and passed to Olmstead in front of the goal for the game’s fifth score.
Pleimann scored in the 69th minute.
Olmstead said she was happy to see so many of her teammates score.
“We all work like that in practice, but it’s nice to see in a game,” she said.
Paulsen said strong play in the midfield helped the Kewpies create many opportunities, but that she would like to see Hickman convert more.
“I was pleased with the movement of the ball, but I wasn’t as pleased with the finishing of the ball,” she said.
As has happened in almost all of the Kewpies’ games this year, they missed several close scoring opportunities against the Panthers (6-5).
Pleimann said the Kewpies still have to improve that aspect of their performance.
“I still think we need a little work on our shooting game,” Pleimann said.