Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hickman soccer team scores eight in rout

By Nick Snow

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Four touches.

That’s all the action Hickman boys soccer goalkeeper Spencer Mills saw in the Kewpies’ 8-0 rout of Kansas City East at LeMone Field yesterday.

“We possessed the ball really well,” Hickman Coach Adam Taylor said. “Scoring that many goals shows that we had a lot of opportunities offensively. In this game, our best defense was our offense. We had to clean up a few touches at halftime, but I thought we played very well.”

Hickman (7-2-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead by halftime on goals from Brian Willcox, Connor Hollrah and Chris McCoy. Meanwhile, the defense of Thomas Pekkala kept East from registering a shot on goal.

In the second half, a cross from Alex Holliday landed at Spencer Miller’s feet, allowing Miller to blister the ball into the top left corner of the net with 34:09 remaining in the game. Miller had a chance at a second goal two minutes later, but the ball clanked off the post.

Perhaps the biggest cheer from the sparse Hickman crowd came at the 20:51 mark in the second half. All night, Taylor Ray had plenty of chances to score, but East goalkeeper Jesus Torres was there to deny Ray time after time. Thanks to a nearly perfect cross from Connor Hollrah, Ray blasted the ball into the bottom corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

“He had been unlucky for most of the game,” Taylor said. “The ball just bounced right to him and he was able to score his first goal of the season.”

Holliday and Nathan Wikle also got involved in the offense, scoring goals less than a minute apart. Seven players scored, with Hollrah scoring twice.

“We love to get everybody involved in the offense,” Taylor said. “You know you’re working the ball well when you have that many players score a goal.”

This article was published on page B3 of the Wednesday, September 22, 2010 edition of The Columbia Daily Tribune with the headline "Best defense is strong offense Kewpies score eight in rout.."

Photo by Don Shrubshell
Published September 22, 2010

Hickman’s Alex Holliday, right, scores past Kansas City East goalie Jesus Torres in the second half. Seven players scored as the Kewpies won 8-0 Tuesday night on LeMone Field.

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