Fenton, Mo---Ursuline Academy's Julia Bradenberg overpowered Hickman's defense Friday.
The Hickman girls' soccer team lost to Ursuline Academy 2-1 in the semifinals of the Class 2 state championships at Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton.
Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said she told the team before the game to not let Bradenberg go behind the defenders, but Bradenberg's speed and skills kept the Kewpies' defense busy in the entire game.
In the 65th minute, Bradenberg dribbled past three defenders and shot the ball to right side of the goal past the Kewpies' goalkeeper, Jade Mills . The second goal came in the same manner in the 67th. After getting a pass at right outside the penalty box, she beat two defenders and sent the ball to left side of the goal.
Hickman's goal came in the 70th when the Bears' goalkeeper Danielle Beckerle slipped Amy Bolerjack's cross out of hands and let the ball in the goal.
Bolerjack had a long shot from center midfield two minutes later, but Beckerle punched the ball away. Then Beckerle caught Bolerjack's header on Cordia's corner kick.
Ursuline Academy's ball skills overwhelmed Hickman in the first half and the Kewpies had a hard time passing the ball and creating chances.
"We were nervous and played a little bit scared," Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.
Paulsen thought the Kewpies competed better in the second half.
"They started to passing to feet and that's what made a difference," Paulsen said. "But, we should have had shots more."
The Kewpies (20-4-1) play Blue Springs (20-2-1) in the third-place match at noon Saturday. The Bears (18-2-3) faces Incarnate Word Academy (24-4-2), in the final at 2 p.m. Incarnate Word Academy defeated Blue Springs 3-2.