Hickman’s hot hands carry day

Monday, April 5, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:47 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

When a team is as hot as Hickman is, playing two games in one day does not seem like a bad idea.

In less than six hours Sunday at Cosmopolitan Park, Hickman scored more goals than it had in the previous four games.

The Kewpies defeated Fox 17-1 in the morning and beat Olathe 18-3 in the afternoon.

“We scheduled it this way because the more we play the better we get,” Hickman coach Jamie Mullen said. “Playing two games is no problem. It’s actually pretty fun.”

The games marked a continued maturation of the Kewpies’ offense, which struggled earlier this season.

“It’s incredible how much better our attack has been this week,” senior midfielder Mike Moesel said. “We’re tenfold better than we were two games ago.”

Hickman (4-2) set the tone early, scoring 13 goals against Fox (0-4) in the first half.

“Our team was ready to play from the first whistle,” Mullen said. “They were pumped for today.”

Hickman kept up the offensive pressure late in the fourth quarter. Attacker Zach Nikin found attacker Chris Hurst open on the back side for a goal. Moesel scored unassisted less than a minute later.

Moesel and attacker Kieren Drapeau led the Kewpies with four goals each. Nikin led in assists with four

Bill Shuba slipped a shot under the stick of Hickman goalie Brad Thompson in the third quarter to score Fox’s lone goal.

Hickman’s offensive production continued against Olathe.

Hickman attacker Andrew Miller scored in the first minute, after Moesel won the faceoff and pushed the ball down field for a fast break.

Moesel scored four unassisted goals in the second quarter, beating Olathe goalie Austin Lavayen with high hard shots from long range.

By halftime, Hickman led 14-1.

Even Thompson got in on the scoring bonanza. Kendall Gessling played goalie for the Kewpies against Olathe, allowing Thompson to get some minutes on attack. Thompson scored an unassisted goal on a long shot late in the third quarter.

Gessling made the most of his time in the crease, coming up with several big saves, including a kick save in the second quarter.

Olathe midfielder Keith Dunbar scored two quick unassisted goals in the fourth quarter, but Hurst squelched any Olathe momentum with a wrap around goal after bringing the ball in play from the end line.

Hurst scored five, and Moesel led Hickman with six.

“The attack has really started to mesh together. We’re learning how each other play,” Hurst said. “It took a little while, but we’re learning how to play as a unit.”

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