Rock Bridge's Grace Davis, left, and Hickman's Hannah Larson fight for the ball

Rock Bridge midfielder Grace Davis, left, and Hickman midfielder Hannah Larson fight for the ball during the final match in the Class 4 District 8 tournament Thursday at Battle High School. Larson scored the winning goal for the Kewpies in the district championship but was unable to score in the sectionals game against Francis Howell. Rock Bridge lost the sectional game 4-0.

After winning a district title last week against Columbia-rival Rock Bridge, Hickman girl’s soccer saw its season come to a close on Tuesday, as the Kewpies lost at Francis Howell 4-0 in the sectional round.

With 15 minutes left before the end of the first half, the Vikings struck first. After Hickman turned the ball over in the middle of the pitch, the Vikings played a diagonal pass to the right corner. After the initial shot attempt was saved, Natalie Jackson got onto the rebound and scored her first of her two goals in the game.

Hickman started the game off well, keeping the score at 1-0 going into halftime. In the first half, the Kewpies’ game plan of trying to quickly attack the corners of the pitch produced lots of chances.

However, the Kewpies did not capitalize, and after Francis Howell scored from a penalty kick midway through the second half, the Kewpies were left chasing the game. As Hickman was forced to commit more of their players forward, the Vikings took advantage of the extra space and scored two more goals in the games final minutes to push their lead to four.

Despite the loss, Hickman coach Wil Ross was upbeat about his team’s season.

“Obviously it’s disappointing to not win (sectionals),” Ross said. “When you get a chance to win a district championship it’s pretty special, especially for the three seniors that we had. It’s a big deal to send them out on a high note.”

Hickman (14-11-1) was a young team this year, and with only three seniors graduating, the Kewpies are looking at this run as the first step towards something greater.

“For everyone else it’s a good learning experience, hopefully its motivation,” Ross said. “We return just about every player from today other than Bri (Heath), so hopefully it’s good motivation moving forward for all the younger girls to not only get back here, but hopefully to advance from here.”

  • Spring 2018 sports reporter. I am a sophomore studying business and sports journalism

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