Sometimes having confidence and intensity can win a game, though scoring 12 goals usually doesn’t hurt.
Hickman defeated Webster Groves 12-4 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.
Hickman coach Jamie Mullen said attitude was the Kewpies’ biggest advantage.
“The key was energy,” Mullen said. “We’ve been playing with a lot of positive energy. We’re getting our attack involved early, and it has kept us rolling.”
The Hickman attack continued to look sharp, as it has for the past two weeks. The Kewpies scored early and maintained offensive motion and possession all game.
Midfielder Mike Moesel sparked Hickman early, winning the initial face-off and hooking up with attacker Kieren Drapeau for a cross field assist. Drapeau received the pass and scooped in Hickman’s first goal. Drapeau led Hickman with three goals. Moesel had two goals and two assists.
“We’ve been jumping out early on teams and coach told us to do the same today,” Moesel said. “Our attack was there again, and we got them out of their game. Things are just clicking for us right now.”
The Kewpies made the most of Webster Groves penalties, scoring four goals with a man advantage.
“Our man up plays are working really well,” Moesel said. “We’ve been focusing on that in practice and we’re getting good looks on those.”
Attacker Chris Hurst scored unassisted in the first quarter for Hickman (5-2) with a swift shot to the upper right corner. Midfielder Andy Mackley scored unassisted twice in the first half.
“We’re running our motion offense better,’’ Mullen said. “Our attacks are cycling through and that creates open space. We’re playing with a lot of confidence because we’ve been scoring so many goals.”
Webster Groves (4-6) caught Hickman off-guard in transition early in the second half. Midfielder Brad Storr beat goalie Kendall Gessling on a fast break. Webster Groves midfielder Zach Dioneda intercepted a pass on the next play and assisted Storr’s second fast break goal. Despite Storr’s late surge, the Hickman lead was never in jeopardy.
Storr led the Woodchucks with two goals.