Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kewps are marked men

Kewps are marked men

Helias defense harasses Hickman.
By SAM MILES of the Tribune’s staff
Published Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nick King photo
Helias’ Forrest McCurren, right, tangles with Hickman’s Kevin Davidson during the Crusaders’ 3-2 win last night on LeMone Field.

It didn’t take Hickman soccer Coach Larry Thornburg long to explain his team’s 3-2 loss against Helias last night on LeMone Field.

"The other team marked us right out of the game," Thornburg said of Helias’ ability to defend his players. "They started marking as soon as they lost the ball - they got on a white shirt."
For Thornburg, that was the game. Helias (17-1-1) was marking, his players weren’t, or at least not well enough. After the game, Thornburg said he wasn’t unhappy with a single Kewpie, and his only real complaint seemed to be directed toward an offside call against Andrew Schutte that took away a goal from teammate Matt Baker.

The goal would have given the Kewpies (7-7-1) an early lead and some much-needed momentum. Although Thornburg argued passionately with a referee, the call stood.

Four minutes later, in the game’s 29th minute, Helias took a 1-0 lead when Forrest McCurren found Brian Dermody, who sent a ball from 10 yards out past Kewpies goalkeeper Camron Hermann and into the back of the net.

The Kewpies never led in the game.

Helias Coach Chuck Register’s thoughts on the game mirrored Thornburg’s rather closely, though the significance of marking wasn’t mentioned explicitly.

"Our defense was basically the difference in the game," Register said. "We kind of kept them out away from their game.

"Basically they couldn’t do what they normally do in the middle of the field - they like to turn on the ball and make some through passes, but our defense played really well."

Despite the Crusaders’ defensive dominance, Hickman remained in the game throughout. In the 45th minute, Hickman’s Jervis Atagana tied the game at 1 when he slid in the box to knock in a rebound that Helias’ Jorden Bax couldn’t stop.

The Crusaders quickly regained their lead when Bryce Mihalevich got a rebound and drilled it past Hermann. Hickman’s Colin Janicek cut the lead to 3-2 in the 68th minute when, with Bax in his face, he sent a ball across the goal mouth and past the diving goalkeeper.

Though Hickman had one last opportunity with time running out, Bax ended that hope by making a good save on a Kewpie header. Register said he was pleased with his team’s resiliency and said their adaptation to the Hickman scheme played a big role.

"They attacked us pretty well," Register said. "I think they still had the good touches on the ball, they moved the ball very quickly and we learned how to adjust to their play."

Heading into district play this weekend, Thornburg said he had an idea of how the Kewpies could be successful.

"We’ve got to improve our marking, pure and simple," he said.

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