Late in Hickman’s game against Helias, Kewpies goalie Bess Frissel-Durley caught the ball after a long clear by the Crusaders.
It was the first time a Hickman keeper touched the ball in the second half and one of three times in the game.
The Kewpies offense, on the other hand, was busy all night, leading the team to a 6-0 win Monday at Cosmopolitan Park with 17 shots on goal. Hickman has 16 goals in three games.
Midfielder/forward Jodi Bolerjack scored her second hat trick in a row for Hickman. She has eight goals this season.
“She’s done outstanding,” Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.
It took a while for the Kewpies (3-0) to start the scoring. They missed four close shots in the first 17 minutes.
“I think we just needed to get warmed up a little bit,” Bolerjack said.
Bolerjack turned on the heat for Hickman in the 17th minute when she took a corner kick from sister Amy Bolerjack and put it in the bottom left corner of the goal.
“Once we got that first one, it seemed like it started things off,” Paulsen said.
Hickman struck again in the 23rd minute when Molly O’Connell scored off a cross from fellow midfielder Kelly Olmstead.
Olmstead said this type of play showed the team’s chemistry.
“I think we’ve got our passing down,” Olmstead said.
Jodi Bolerjack scored her second goal when she sent in a rebound of an Amy Bolerjack shot that deflected off Helias goalie Kylie Ruprecht.
Many of Jodi Bolerjack’s goals have come from second chance opportunities this season, which she said is part of the team’s strategy.
“Midfield’s supposed to follow the ball in,” Jodi Bolerjack said. “The goalie was making some good stops, but she wasn’t holding on so I was just finishing them.”
Paulsen said this type of play also shows Jodi Bolerjack’s aggressive attitude.
“She’s hungry for that goal,” Paulsen said.
Jodi recorded an assist on the Kewpies’ final goal of the first half, crossing the ball from the left side to forward Shelly Forbis in front of the goal.
The Hickman offense controlled the second half as easily as it did the first, outshooting the Crusaders 9-1.
The Bolerjacks combined again for the Kewpies’ first goal of the second half when Amy Bolerjack’s pass freed Jodi Bolerjack for a breakaway and her third goal.
Hickman scored its final goal in the 46th minute when defender Lindsay Oetker put in rebound of a shot by midfielder Megan McCabe.
Although Jodi Bolerjack leads Hickman’s scoring, O’Connell, Forbis, Oetker, Olmstead, Amy Bolerjack and midfielder Janelle Cordia have also scored for the Kewpies this season.
Olmstead said the Kewpies strive for this type of balance.
“We like everyone to get their opportunities in the game,” Olmstead said.