Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jefferson City ends Hickman's season

By Nick Snow Columbia Daily Tribune

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SEDALIA ­­— The Hickman soccer team was bigger, stronger and faster than Jefferson City, and despite having similar records, the Kewpies came out showing more confidence than the Jays. After all, they were the defending district champions — reaching the state semifinals last season.

But the right foot of 5-foot-8 midfielder Adam Luetkemeyer proved to be the difference-maker in the Jays’ 1-0 upset of second-seeded Hickman in the Class 3 District 9 Tournament.

“Those late goals are the ones that kill you,” Hickman senior captain Andy Atkins said. “It just happens. It was a nice throw, and he just put it in a place where we couldn’t get to it in time. ...

“This was rough, but there’s more to life than soccer. It’s been a great four years.”

Jefferson City controlled the tempo for the majority of the first half. Taylor Ray got a decent look at the goal halfway through the first half, but that was stopped by Christian Loehner. Hickman had one more opportunity with 30 seconds left, but Atkins’ free kick sailed wide, ending the half in a scoreless tie.

“We really struggled in the first half,” Hickman Coach Adam Taylor said. “With it being a close game in the second half, I thought that having been in that spot before, it might work to our advantage. All year, we have had problems scoring. We just never really found ourselves.”

After fending off a couple of shots from Jefferson City, Hickman (17-7-1) started to show more fight over the middle of the second half. Once again, Atkins just missed as his shot sailed over the crossbar. Colin Janicek also fought off several defenders on his way to the net, but his shot sailed wide left.

With 7:37 left in the game, a quick throw-in was hauled in by Luetkemeyer. A scramble ensued in front of the net, but as Luetkemeyer was falling he managed to get just enough of his foot on the ball to roll it into the lower right corner. Hickman tried to answer, even getting a couple of shots in the final minute, but Loehner and the Jefferson City defense cleared the ball to preserve the win.

“These guys worked really hard, and I’m going to miss our seniors,” Taylor said. “I didn’t have a speech prepared for if we lost, but I told them that not everything goes as planned. Jefferson City is a very well-coached team, and we just didn’t have enough to overcome their goal. We’re just going to have to regroup and get ready for next year. When August comes around, we’ll be ready.”

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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.