Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hickman soccer edges Troy Buchanan in shootout win

By Nick Snow
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It took 100 minutes and a couple of heart-stopping penalty kicks, but the Hickman boys soccer team finally snatched victory away from Troy Buchanan last night on LeMone Field.
Boys soccer
Hickman 0, Troy 0 (5-4 PK
Goalkeeper Spencer Mills recorded back-to-back saves, including the stop on Troy’s Alex Williams that gave Hickman the edge in penalty kicks needed to win the game 0-0 (5-4 PK).
“I just made sure I went the right way,” Mills said. “That last shot went right down the middle, and I stuck with it. We knew coming in that they were going to be a tough team, but we’re really happy with the win. A lot of that credit goes to the defense.”
After Eric Pekkala, Hickman’s fifth kicker, tied the score at 4 with a shot that ricocheted off both posts before crossing the line, Mills slid left just in time to catch Alex Martin’s blast — sending the match into a second round of penalty kicks. From there, Adam Brenner sent a laser into the back of the net before Mills came up with the stop to win the game.
“It’s always good to get into a situation like this,” Hickman Coach Adam Taylor said. “We handled adversity really well. We got down early in penalty kicks, but Spencer came up with a couple of huge saves.”
Hickman (10-4-1) had several chances to keep the game from going into overtime, especially late in the first half. But every chance Alex Holliday and Andy Atkins had, Troy goalkeeper Chris Wood was there to keep the Kewpies off the board.
With just more than two minutes left in the half, Troy had a 5-on-3 breakaway after Hickman got caught trying to generate some offense. However, Adam Kopriva and Thomas Pekkala combined to dilute the threat and keep the game scoreless at the half.
Play got more physical in the second half, as both teams started to push a little more. After spending a majority of the half around midfield, Conner Hollrah’s shot hit the crossbar with 7:54 left in regulation, sending the match to overtime in a scoreless tie.
Troy used its speedy forwards to get an open look halfway through the first overtime, but Ben Lehmkuhl’s shot rolled just outside the right post.
Holliday brought the Hickman fans to their feet, hauling in a long pass from Brian Willcox and blistering it into the back of the net for what looked like the game-winner. Instead, Holliday was ruled offside and the goal was waved off.
“This was a very physical team,” Taylor said. “A game like this should help prepare us for districts, because those opponents like to muscle up.”

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  • 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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  • 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.