Midfielder Molly O’Connell said Hickman’s game against Hannibal on Monday showed how much the Kewpies have to improve.
“We weren’t really playing up to our full potential,” O’Connell said.
This came a little while after O’Connell scored to give the Kewpies a 10-0, mercy rule win at Hickman.
Hickman (12-3-1) had several chances to end the game earlier in the second half than it did, but goalie Jenny Davis had eight saves in the second half to extend the game.
Megan McCabe put Hickman up nine in the 70th minute and O’Connell finished off the Pirates (9-8) in the 75th.
O’Connell, McCabe, Amy Bolerjack and Jodi Bolerjack scored twice, and Janelle Cordia and Kendall Foss scored once.
Although Hannibal, which took only two shots, might disagree, Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said O’Connell was right.
“We’ve got a few things we need to finish; we’ve got to work on to get ready for (the postseason,)” Paulsen said.
Room for improvement
Taking advantage of scoring opportunities, despite the score, is one of those things the Kewpies said needs improvement. Hickman took 39 shots and had three short shots saved before Jodi Bolerjack scored in the seventh minute.
Amy Bolerjack said not taking advantage of crosses, which are a big part of the Kewpies’ attack, is one thing that must be fixed.
“When we did that, we didn’t really have anyone finishing,” Bolerjack said.
O’Connell said that is something Paulsen has stressed to the team.
“We’ve been having a little trouble with that,” O’Connell said.
Bolerjack said there were other problems as well.
“We didn’t really pass all that well,” Bolerjack said.
Paulsen said her team needs to work on these things, but she saw it improve as the game went on.
“We still had a couple of things I was a little upset with the kids with what they weren’t doing, but we worked those out,” Paulsen said.
Things started working out for the Kewpies in the 18th minute when Cordia passed from near the midfield line on the left side to McCabe, who was next to the right post. McCabe put the ball into the right side of the net and made the score 2-0.
That started a run of seven goals in 25 minutes. The Kewpies took 17 shots in that time.
Bolerjack said the team, which has started slow in many games, benefited from its early goals.
“We still missed a lot, but we found the net earlier than we usually do,” Bolerjack said.