Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hickman grinds out a PK victory over Helias

By Nick SnowColumbia Daily Tribune
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Photo by Joshua A. Bickel
Hickman goalkeeper Chuck Wilson blocks a penalty kick during the Kewpies’ overtime victory against the Helias Crusaders Tuesday night on LeMone Field. Hickman won 1-1 (4-2 in PKs).
It wasn’t pretty, but the Hickman boys soccer team survived a scare from Helias last night on LeMone Field.
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Soccer: Hickman 5, Helias 3
After Hickman tied the game at 1 with 24:04 left in regulation, the Kewpies beat the Crusaders in penalty kicks thanks to a pair of saves from goalkeeper Chuck Wilson and a final goal from fellow senior Erik Pekkala to win the penalty kick shootout 4-2.
“We were just happy to come out with a win on senior night,” Wilson said. “The best part was the way we earned it. Heading into the first overtime, Coach” Adam “Taylor said we needed to step up and come away with a W. We knew that Helias was a good team, and I think a win like this will help us build some confidence and take a step in the right direction heading into next week.”
The Kewpies (14-5-1) struggled throughout most of the first half as Helias forced Hickman to settle into a defensive mind-set. Late in the first half, Helias’ Blake Wenzel gave the Crusaders their first major scoring opportunity, turning a turnover into a breakaway. The ball deflected off Wilson’s hands, but Pekkala zipped in and saved a goal, keeping the game scoreless at the half.
“Chuck did his job by coming out, and Eric made a great play,” Taylor said. “That’s just the way this team is — we fight for each other. That would have been a really tough goal because we did everything right.”
After being denied by Pekkala once, Wenzel refused to be denied again, getting behind the defense to give Helias a 1-0 lead with 34:23 left in the second half.
Hickman responded almost instantly, as a low corner kick from senior Andy Atkins created a scramble in front of the Helias net. But after five shots from point-blank range, the Crusaders finally cleared the ball to avoid disaster.
Connor Hollrah scored 10 minutes later. Hollrah sent a blast that bounced off a defender’s foot and into the net to send the game into overtime.
“We started playing a lot better with about 10 minutes left in the second half,” Taylor said. “I told them going into overtime that we couldn’t stop. We had to keep going. We’re a blue-collar team who can grind it out. We definitely saw that in overtime.”
Hickman had a couple of chances on a pair of free kicks from Grahm Meyer but couldn’t come up with anything in either overtime period. Marcus Woodruff almost ended the game for the Crusaders late in the second overtime, but the post was unkind, forcing penalty kicks.
Atkins, Hollrah, Adam Brenner and Pekkala all scored penalty kicks for the Kewpies, while Wenzel and Woodruff scored for Helias.
“We did a good job of fighting back and shipping our seniors off with a win,” Taylor said. “This was the first group I’ve coached all four years. I’ve learned a lot from them, and I’m going to miss their leadership and their humor. Being senior night, there’s so much emotion involved. Sometimes it’s hard to get in the flow.
“We’ve still got three big games left. We’ve got to play better for the full 80 minutes. This is the time for our team to establish their identity.”

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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.
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  • 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.
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