Smith-Cotton boy’s soccer endured its second loss of the season Wednesday, 2-1, at the hands of the Hickman Kewpies.
The Kewpies, completing its Sedalia-sweep after a Tuesday victory against Sacred Heart, scored in the eighth minute after four corner kicks.
Justin Lannin was credited with the goal, deflecting a corner kick in front of goal. Hickman led 1-0 at halftime.
The Hickman back line smothered many Tiger attacks. Smith-Cotton put its first shot on-goal in the 20th minute.
Head coach Ethan Weller said the Kewpies defenders had a size advantage over Smith-Cotton.
“They’re big and athletic,” Weller said of the Hickman back line. “I would say a difference between us and them was their size and athleticism compared to ours. As far as the game itself, I thought it was fairly even.”
Jordan Lawson scored the equalizer in minute 42 after the ball got behind Hickman’s goalkeeper. Lawson was inside the net to secure the goal and carried the ball all the way back to midfield.
Smith-Cotton put another shot on goal in the 53rd minute before threatening again in the match’s closing minutes.
Weller said the S-C forwards adjusted to the Hickman defense in the second half.
“I just thought in the first half (Hickman) did a good job of eliminating our forwards from turning and running at them,” Weller said. “I thought we did a little better job of getting ourselves free in the second half. We got in a couple times, we just didn’t execute.”
Smith-Cotton lost 1-0 to Marshall in its first match of the season. Wednesday’s loss snaps a 5-match win streak.
While disappointing, Weller said he would rather lose to Hickman at home in Sept., than at the Class 4, District 11 tournament in Oct.
“This is by far our toughest test so far,” Weller said. “It hurt them. It hurt them that they ended up on the wrong side of it, but, like it told them, we’ll take the loss now.”
The Tigers (5-2, 3-0 WCC) face Clinton on the road Thursday at 5 p.m.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2