SEDALIA — The Hickman soccer team kept its season alive Monday, but that does not mean coach Sandy Paulsen is happy.
The Kewpies beat Helias 4-0 in the Class 2 District 10 semifinals at Susie Ditzfield Memorial Field, but Paulsen said her team did not play as well as she expected.
“We didn’t seem to play with a lot of oomph,” Paulsen said. “But we got the job done.”
Midfielder Rachel Miedema said the team is lucky it did not have this performance later in the postseason.
“This is probably the last game that we can not play well and still win,” Miedema said.
Hickman (17-3-1) will face Rock Bridge in the district championship Wednesday in Sedalia.
Paulsen said, although the Bruins did not score against Hickman on May 5, they are dangerous on offense.
“Rock Bridge has a lot of skill and a lot of speed and they can shoot from the outside,” Paulsen said.
Paulsen said her team must improve for it to advance to sectionals.
“We’ve got to play with a little more passion than we did tonight,” Paulsen said.
Midfielder Janelle Corida scored Hickman’s first goal when she dribbled to the top of the Crusader box and put a shot over the head of goalie Marcella Buel in the 12th minute.
Cordia scored again in the 29th when Amy Bolerjack passed to her in the box and she put a shot in the top left corner.
Cordia said she and Amy and Jodi Bolerjack began working together better in the middle of the first half and that helped create goals.
“We did give-and-go’s to get open,” Cordia said.
Midfielder Rachel Miedema scored Hickman’s third goal when the ball deflected off Buel to her in the middle of the box and she put a shot into the top left corner of the goal in the 46th minute.
Forward Caitlin Keith scored the final goal in the 75th minute when she got behind the Helias defense and rolled a shot past Buel.
The Crusaders (10-8-3) attempted one shot, but it was almost a goal. Forward Megan Ordway got behind the Kewpie defense in the 15th minute and goalie Jade Mills ran out to stop her. Ordwy’s shot went over Mills, hit the bottom of the cross bar and hit the field in front if the goal but did not go in.