Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hickman boys soccer team advances to state semifinals

Saturday, November 14, 2009 | 6:37 p.m. CST
BY Mark Levitt

The Hickman boys soccer team is not done yet.

The Kewpies advanced to the Class 3 state semifinals with a 1-0 win over Kickapoo in quarterfinal play Saturday in Waynesville.

Hickman’s journey began on Halloween, when it won its first of three games in a district tournament where it was the fourth out of five seeds. It continued when junior Brian Wilcox kicked in senior Taylor Cox’s corner-kick pass with less than two minutes remaining in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.

Coach Adam Taylor described himself as ecstatic.

“As a coach there’s not a much better time to score,” Taylor said. “Getting it in that last minute and a half, all we had to do was kill a minute and a half. It was perfect.”

Taylor said his team was outplayed in the first half. But after adjusting at halftime, the Kewpies took control and produced eight second-half shots on goal compared to one for Kickapoo.

As Cox stepped up to take the corner, he made an effort not to let the ball float too far from the goal. He said he hadn’t been giving his team a chance to score in the previous postseason games. He was shocked as he saw the ball hit net.

“I stared at the clock and couldn’t believe it,” Cox said. “Brian came and we celebrated.”

Hickman now turns its attention to Christian Brothers College High School, which defeated Vianney 2-1 in two overtimes in it's quarterfinal game. The two teams will meet at 5 p.m. Friday in Fenton. Taylor said he is glad the Kewpies have the full week to prepare for CBC, which he said is the top-ranked team in the state.

“Just because their jerseys say CBC doesn’t mean they’re ripe for the finals,” Taylor said. “We wouldn’t have made it this far if we weren’t a good team.”

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Driving Directions

  • WAYNESVILLE : Take 63 South Towards Jeff City. Take US-54 W thru Osage Beach to Camdenton. Take MO Hwy 5 South to Lebanon , MO.Continue on MO Hwy 5 South to I-44 E towards Waynesville, MO. Take Exit 156, toward WAYNESVILLE/FORT LEONARD WOOD. Turn LEFT onto HIGHWAY H/I-44-BL/MO-H. Continue to follow I-44-BL.Turn RIGHT onto MO-17/W I-44-BL.1001 HISTORIC 66 W.
  • QUINCY TOURNAMENT IN QUINCY ILLINOIS: From Columbia Take 70 West to Kingdom City. Take 54 North to Mexico and then 54 east and north (54/19) to Laddonia. From Laddonia take 19 North to New London and then 61 North to Hannibal. When you get to Hannibal, you will need to take a right at the sign that says Quincy or to Illinois or to Springfield which is hwy 72 across the river. You will then pick up Highway 172 north to Quincy. In Quincy take the Broadway exit and go left.The fields we are playing on are located on State Street. The streets in Quincy that run West to East are numbered streets. The Mississippi River is to the West and the street numbers get higher the further East you go. When you enter from highway 172 the first street you will see is 48th street. Go left. At State St turn right and the park is a few blocks on the right. The Paul Dennis Complex is located on State between 36th and 48th street.
  • JEFFERSON CITY- 179 SOCCER PARK: Take 63 to Jeff City. Across the river take Hwy 50 toward Sedalia. Take the hwy 179 exit and turn right onto 179. The soccer park is about 3 miles on your left.
  • DESMET High school from CBC High school (about 3 miles): leave CBC and turn left (east) onto N Forty Dr. Turn right onto Conway Rd. Follow Conway Rd to left at S New Ballas Rd and it is about 1.2 miles to the high school at 233 N. New Ballas Rd.
  • CBC High school in St Louis: about 1 hour and 50 minutes. Take I-70 east to US40E/US61S just past Wentzville. Head toward Chesterfield/Forrest Park. About 23 miles to Mason Rd exit. Take S Mason Rd north back over the highway. Turn right on N. Forty Dr and the high school is on your left about a mile at 1850 De la Salle Dr.
  • CAMDENTON: Hwy 54 out of Jeff City to Hwy 5 in Camdenton. Turn left (east) on to Hwy 5. Continue on Hwy 5 for 5 or 6 blocks and can see the school campus on your left (north side of road). Turn on to Dare Blvd and the stadium is a block or two behind the schools.
  • SMITHTON TOURNAMENT: I-70 west to Booneville. Exit on Hwy 5 south. From Hwy 5 take Hwy 50 west. Go to Hwy W and turn south. Follow Hwy W into Smithton. Turn east on to E. Washington St. (I think this is a continuation of Hwy W), Turn right (south) on to Myrtle Ave and the school is 550 Myrtle Ave. Games are at the school.
  • ROLLA: Hwy 63 out of Jefferson City. Continue on Hwy 63 into Rolla. Turn left (east) on to 10th St. Continue on 10th St about 8 blocks to N. Cedar St. High School is at corner of N. Cedar and 10th St. Soccer field is behind the high school.