Hickman’s Janelle Cordia and Ashley Turner have been working all season to get a goal and an assist together.
The pair accomplished that feat at the perfect time. Cordia turned a pass from Turner into a 1-0 Hickman victory against Rock Bridge on Wednesday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
In the 78th minute, Turner collected the ball near midfield and rolled a pass through the Bruins defense and to a streaking Cordia.
“It was an amazing pass,” Cordia said. “It was wide open all the way and she found me.”
Cordia took the pass at the top-right corner of the goal box and, after a few dribbles, drilled a shot into the top-left corner for the win.
The Kewpies (13-3-1) missed several close opportunities in the second half and Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said she was worried her team would be unable to convert.
“We seem to do that all the time,” Paulsen said. “But, we got one when it counted.”
Kewpies miss several opportunities
Payge Pleimann put a shot over the cross bar in the 55th minute and Bruins goalkeeper Emily Schuenemeyer saved Molly O’Connell’s shot in the 56th. Jodi Bolerjack one-touched a Megan McCabe corner kick off the left post in the 64th minute and, nine minutes later, Cordia put a shot off the right one.
Cordia said her teammates were getting eager to score after missing these opportunities.
“At every corner (kick) we were saying, ‘We’ve got to get it in now,’ ” Cordia said.
Rock Bridge coach Marc Vandover said he thought his team might be able to escape this flurry unharmed and was prepared for overtime.
“I kept Amy Chesshir out for good rest because I wanted her to start off fresh when we got that new 10 minutes,” Vandover said.
Passing proves key for Kewpies
Paulsen said her team’s improved passing is what prevented those 10 minutes from coming.
“It makes a big difference,” Paulsen said. “We were able string some passes together to get things going.”
Rock Bridge (10-5-1) got more going offensively in the first half and had a few chances to score. The Bruins’ best chance came in the sixth minute when Chesshir got behind the Kewpies defense and started a break with only goalie Jade Mills in front of her, but Chesshir put the ensuing shot over the cross bar. Ashley Tune started a break down the left side in the 31st minute and crossed to Kelly Simon in the middle of the Hickman goal box, but Mills fell on the pass before it reached her.
Bruins falter after strong first half
Vandover said he was pleased with his team’s play in the first half.
“We were doing the things we wanted to do,” Vandover said. “Getting the ball out wide and a lot of one-touch passing. For some reason, we got away from that in the second half.”
Cordia said the game was important to the Kewpies.
“We weren’t going to be happy with ourselves if we didn’t win this game,” Cordia said.