What ended up being the Hickman soccer team’s most important play Tuesday night was almost its biggest disaster.
The Kewpies were up by one goal in the 53rd minute against Pembroke Hill at Cosmopolitan Park when Hickman goalie Jade Mills started to go the wrong way on a penalty kick.
“Luckily, she hit it soft enough that I could dive back,” Mills said.
Mills stopped the shot and started a second-half rally that helped Hickman to a 5-1 win.
Midfielder Jodi Bolerjack had a hat trick for the Kewpies, who have 10 goals in two games.
The Kewpies (2-0) scored their first goal in the 16th minute when Bolerjack put a shot into the top-right corner of the goal off an assist from her sister, Amy.
Jodi Bolerjack scored again in the 33rd minute when the ball deflected off goalie Stephanie Baugh outside of the box and Bolerjack lofted it over her and into the goal.
Pembroke Hill (0-1) cut Hickman’s lead in half in the 38th minute when forward Caitlin Collins rolled a shot passed Mills into the right side of the goal.
“We made a boo-boo on the defense,” Kewpie coach Sandy Paulsen said. “We’ll work that out.”
Paulsen said she thought the game was slipping away after that goal.
“At halftime, I told them, ‘Girls, they’re taking it to you,’” Paulsen said. “‘You’re just thinking you’ve got this won because you got a couple of shots on goal.’”
A Hickman foul in the box 13 minutes into the second half gave Collins the penalty kick that could have tied the game.
After Mills’ stop, the Kewpies scored three goals in 12 minutes to end tension.
“That (penalty kick) really turned it around,” Paulsen said.
Jodi Bolerjack scored in the 55th minute, midfielder Janelle Cordia scored in the 58th minute and Amy Bolerjack scored in the 65th. After the last goal, Baugh asked to be taken out of the game.
Paulsen said this type of offensive production has been a pleasant surprise.
The Kewpies missed a few easy shots early in the game, which was the main aspect they said needs improvement.
In the seventh minute, Cordia passed the ball to Jodi Bolerjack in front of the goal and Bolerjack popped it over the cross bar. Three minutes later, Cordia hit the inside of the right post, but the ball did not roll in.
Jodi Bolerjack said this was mainly a mental problem.
“I think sometimes we get a little nervous,” Bolerjack said.