Hickman’s Caitlyn Keith raced by defenders as two of her teammates closed in behind her.
Keith fired a shot that ricocheted off the left post, but Kendall Foss was there to nudge the ball past the helpless Camdenton goalie, increasing the Kewpies’ lead to four.
The players on the Hickman girls’ soccer team worked well together Monday during a 5-0 win against the Camdenton Lakers at Cosmopolitan Park.
Hickman outmaneuvered and outhustled a Camdenton team that seemed too tired to keep up.
“We connected real well as a team,” senior Janelle Cordia said. “I think we spend a lot of time together and it’s starting to show on the field.”
“We’re all real good friends so communication is real easy,” junior Kelsey McClure said. “It’s easy to know what each other is doing.”
Camdenton looked helpless against the quicker Kewpies. Hickman scored three of its five goals on breakaways the Lakers defenders did little to stop.
Another Hickman strength was its defensive effort.The Kewpies’ stingy defense forced Camdenton to take deep shots that were easily turned away.
In the second half, senior Megan McCabe’s shot from midfield sailed over the Camdenton goalie and gave Hickman its fifth goal of the night.
The blowout was comforting to the Kewpies, who suffered a disappointing loss this weekend in a tournament in Rolla.
“We were playing in not the best of conditions,” Hickman coach Jon Strodtman said. “But to come back and to play tonight on some real nice grass and to have the girls get their legs back under them is pleasing. It’s a real great group of kids.”
Although Strodtman was pleased with the Kewpies’ performance, he reminded his team that there is still room for improvement.
“We can do everything better,” Strodtman said. “Soccer is a game of mistakes. You always strive to get better. Whether we get shots off quicker, whether we choose better shots, there’s always room to improve.
“It was a great score, but put it this way. It could have been easier.”
Strodtman is in his first year as head coach. He served as an assistant last year and also coached the Hickman boys’ team.
“It’s an easy transition,” Strodtman said. “But working with the girls is a little more friendly than working with the boys.
“I had a great group of boys and I love every one of them, but it’s completely different working with the girls. It’s more laid back. With the boys you really have to bite hard. It’s a pleasant change.”
In addition to Foss and McCabe, McClure, Keith, and Bess Frissell added goals for the Kewpies.