Midfielder Kendall Foss said she wasn’t expecting to score in Hickman’s soccer game against Hazelwood Central at Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday because she is a sophomore.
“Sophomores can score anytime they want,” Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.
Foss chose a good time to do so Tuesday, for her goal in the middle of the second half helped the Kewpies earn a 2-0 victory.
The game was scoreless in the 53rd minute when Hickman midfielder Janelle Cordia started a break toward the Hawks’ goal on the right side. Cordia crossed the ball to Foss in the center of the field, where she rolled a shot into the bottom left corner while falling.
“It was kind of a reflex,” Foss said.
Midfielder/forward Jodi Bolerjack scored the other goal in the 71st minute. Midfielder Kelly Olmstead received a Kewpie corner kick and her shot deflected off goalie Kari Helfer to Bolerjack, who put it in for her ninth goal.
Many Kewpies said the Hawks were the best team they have played. Cordia said it is beneficial for the team to face opponents of the Hawks’ quality.
“It’s good to see that we could step up and play early (in the season),” Cordia said.
The Kewpies (4-0) had problems at the beginning; this was the first game they did not score in the first half. Much like the rest of its games, though, Hickman missed several opportunities to score early before warming up.
In the fifth minute, Cordia passed to forward Shelly Forbis in front of the goal, but Forbis shot it over the crossbar. In the 25th minute, Cordia hit the right post from about 15 yards.
“I wish we would have finished better,” Paulsen said.
Cordia said these missed opportunities had one positive effect.
“It’s good for halftime,” Cordia said. “We had a good pump-up.”
This extra motivation showed results when Foss scored her goal.
“That kind of gave us a little more boost,” Foss said.
Hazelwood Central (5-2-1) became more aggressive on offense after Foss’ goal when Hickman goalie Jade Mills made saves in the 56th and 59th minutes. In the 60th minute, a Hawk corner kick bounced in front of the Kewpie goal, but there was no one in position to score.
“There’s a rule that it’s not supposed to bounce,” Paulsen said. “We’ll have to work on that.”
Hazelwood Central’s Jenna Laughlin rolled a shot slightly wide of the right post in the 61st minute and, one minute later, Hickman survived another dangerous corner kick.
Paulsen said she was proud to see her team not give in.
“The defense, I have to say, played a heck of a game,” Paulsen said.
The offensive flurry had an effect on the Kewpie defenders, though.
“They were dog tired,” Paulsen said.