Wickman hat-trick fuels win over Concrete | Girls soccer

  • Tue Sep 23rd, 2014 1:43am
  • Sports

Emma Wickman

By Sam Paul-Barrette, Journal intern

When it rained, it poured in more ways than one Sept. 18.

Not only did the clouds burst for a wet game between the Wolverines and Concrete Lions, but the Friday Harbor girls soccer team made it rain goals, with an 8-0 win in their home opener.

Friday Harbor had scored two goals in their first four games, none from open play.

Also breaking a goal drought was sophomore midfielder Emma Wickman, who came into the game with no varsity goals to her name. She changed that quickly, beating Concrete goal keeper Brook Barnedt with a left-footed finish to the far post in the first minute.

Wickman would strike again minutes later, receiving a cross from Echo Wood before taking a touch and hitting a low drive into the corner of the goal. Wood added to the lead with a close range finish before center defender Alexa Mora made it four, beating four defenders and finishing her first varsity goal as well.

Kaitlyn Domenech would finish off the first half’s scoring with a dipping strike from about 25 yards out, the senior center defender’s third goal of the young season.

Coach Paul Hopkins rotated his squad in the second half, giving opportunities to many junior varsity players, where it seemed the aim was to out-possess the Lions, but the Wolverines were not done scoring.

Five minutes into the half, Hannah Hopkins hit a close range drive that rang the near post and came out, but Wickman was on hand to tap in the rebound for her third goal of the evening. Domenech would add her second of the game on a 35-yard free kick that dipped over the keeper, the third time the senior captain had scored on a free-kick from over 30 yards this season.

Finally, Hannah Hopkins, who was unlucky to hit the post on what led to Wickman’s third goal, would have her redemption, with an excellent finish into the roof of the net off a perfect feed from Roni Hanson.

Six of the eight goals were scored by players in defensive positions, but coach Paul Hopkins thinks that makes the team that much more dangerous.

“It’s a definite boost,” he said. “We now know we can score from many angles and positions.”

The Wolverines improve to 2-3 (1-1 league) and faced a steeper league test Monday when they traveled to play the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes.

They are at home Wednesday, Sept. 24, against Orcas; game time is 3 p.m.