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Jordan Lawson prepares to shoot on goal in the second half of a 2-1 Smith-Cotton loss Wednesday to the Hickman Kewpies at Susie Ditzfeld Field in Sedalia.


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S-C senior Alan Castillo (23) battles for the ball with Hickman sophomore Bradley West (22) during Wednesday’s match.


Photos courtesy of Sedalia School District 200

Smith-Cotton junior Alex Esquivel (19) heads the ball back toward Hickman’s end of the field in the first half of Wednesday night’s match at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Field.


Photos courtesy of Sedalia School District 200

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.

Jordan Lawson prepares to shoot on goal in the second half of a 2-1 Smith-Cotton loss Wednesday to the Hickman Kewpies at Susie Ditzfeld Field in Sedalia.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC_4537.jpgJordan Lawson prepares to shoot on goal in the second half of a 2-1 Smith-Cotton loss Wednesday to the Hickman Kewpies at Susie Ditzfeld Field in Sedalia. Alex Agueros | Democrat

S-C senior Alan Castillo (23) battles for the ball with Hickman sophomore Bradley West (22) during Wednesday’s match.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_sc-hickman-2.jpgS-C senior Alan Castillo (23) battles for the ball with Hickman sophomore Bradley West (22) during Wednesday’s match. Photos courtesy of Sedalia School District 200

Smith-Cotton junior Alex Esquivel (19) heads the ball back toward Hickman’s end of the field in the first half of Wednesday night’s match at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Field.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_sc-hickman-1.jpgSmith-Cotton junior Alex Esquivel (19) heads the ball back toward Hickman’s end of the field in the first half of Wednesday night’s match at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Field. Photos courtesy of Sedalia School District 200

By Alex Agueros

[email protected]

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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