JEFFERSON CITY — It was swift, it was surprising and it couldn’t have come at a better time, at least for Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen and the Kewpies.
Hickman left little doubt as it scored quick goals and made easy work of Fort Zumwalt West in a 5-1 Class 2 sectional win Tuesday at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City.
Hickman (19-3-1) advances to a Class 2 quarterfinal against Glendale at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Sports Complex in Waynesville.
Jodi Bolerjack scored on Janelle Cordia’s corner kick 31 seconds into the game. Bolerjack stopped the floater with her chest and used her left foot to put a shot into the left corner of the goal out of the reach of goalie Kendra Kaiser.
“I tell you what, scoring early really helps an old coach’s heart,” Paulsen said. “That’s only the second goal we’ve scored on a corner kick, and I don’t think we’ve scored that quickly ever in a game.”
Cordia kept the Kewpies rolling with a fast-break goal fewer than two minutes later to give Hickman a 2-0 lead.
“I think once you get one goal it’s kind of like an adrenaline rush so you’re in attacking mode, and we got another one in while we were still in that mode,” Cordia said.
In the fifth minute, the game was delayed 40 minutes because of lightning,
“We were in a rhythm and it’s kind of like you don’t want to break that rhythm,” Paulsen said.
Amy Bolerjack’s concerns were different.
“I was worried that the game was going to be canceled, and then our 2-0 lead was going to be nothing,” Amy Bolerjack said.
Hickman maintained its intensity in unorthodox fashion.
“I think we stayed really pumped up in the little waiting room singing and stuff … Bingo actually,” Amy Bolerjack said.
When the game resumed both concerns were erased as the Kewpies increased their lead in the heavy rain.
Amy Bolerjack gave the Kewpies a 3-0 lead with a fast-break goal in the 12th minute, and Jodi Bolerjack scored her second goal in 23rd minute, dribbling past two defenders and sneaking a goal under a diving Kaiser. That gave Hickman a 4-0 lead.
“We were able to come out with the same intensity that we started with, which was good,” Jodi Bolerjack said.
The Jaguars (20-5-1) scored their goal in the 37th minute when Meghan Roberts scored on a Kelly Bajier’s corner kick.
“We were finishing today,” Paulsen said, “First time all year we finished, we were 5-for-5 or whatever it was right away, and we got some nice shots. I mean the kids really worked the ball well down the field and made some nice passes and then they finished.”
Hickman won the sectional match after losing to Rockwood Summit 2-1 in 2002 and Incarnate Word 2-0 in 2003.
“To come out here, when in the past years we haven’t won this game, that’s just awesome to start the game that way.” Jodi Bolerjack said.
She also appreciated the outcome.
“It’s great,” Jodi Bolerjack said. “We’ve never done this before with our group and it’s just good to do it in our last year.”