Midfielder Janelle Cordia said Hickman’s recent losing streak has taught it a harsh lesson.
“It showed us we have to be a lot more aggressive,” Cordia said.
The Kewpies applied that lesson against Jefferson City on Wednesday, beating the Jays 2-0 at Cosmopolitan Park to break their two-game skid.
Cordia said this win is good for the team’s confidence.
“It’s going to pump us up for upcoming games,” Cordia said.
Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen responded to her team’s scoreless first half by moving up another forward in the second.
“We became a little more offensive so we could control the ball,” Cordia said.
The move paid off in the 44th minute when midfielder Amy Bolerjack made a run down the right side all the way to the goal box, then made a quick cut back towards the middle and put a shot past Jefferson City goalie Jessie Sanderson to put her team up one.
“I think the first one is always the toughest for us,” Bolerjack said.
Bolerjack started several breaks throughout the game and Paulsen said she was impressed with her play.
“She did a whole lot of work up there tonight,” Paulsen said.
In the 78th minute, Cordia took a pass from midfielder/forward Jodi Bolerjack, dribbled through the middle of the field to the goalie and rolled it past her for a goal.
The Jays did not get off a shot in the second half.
“I thought we stepped it up just a smidge more in the second half,” Paulsen said.
Bolerjack said the team passed the ball well, which it hadn’t in its past two games.
“When we do that, we play really well,” Bolerjack said.
Hickman (7-2) took three shots in the first 10 minutes of the first half. The Kewpies had nine shots in the half, but were unable to convert.
“We were taking some shots maybe we probably shouldn’t have taken, a little out of our range,” Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.
In the ninth minute, Jefferson City (6-3-4) responded and forward Kelly Zagorac got past the Kewpies’ midfield and made a cross from the left side that forward Morgan Bounds kicked just to the right of the goal.
The Jays got another good look at the goal in the 30th minute when midfielder Jenna Steiner’s cross from the right found Zagorac in front of the goal, but she also put her shot wide right.
Paulsen said her team should not have given Jefferson City these opportunities.
“In the first half, they had quite a few breaks,” Paulsen said. “I was a little upset.”
Jade Mills started at goalie for the Kewpies, but Paulsen replaced her with backup Bess Frissell-Durley in the second half.
Paulsen said this was not because of Mills performance, but because Frissell-Durley made five saves in the second half against St. Teresa on Monday and has proven herself capable.
“She needs to get time, just in case,” Paulsen said.