When Glendale senior Evan Garrad tied the Class 3 sectional game at Kickapoo with a goal early in the second half, it undoubtedly gave his team a lift.
But unfortunately for the Falcons, it had the same effect on Kickapoo.
With refocused determination, the Chiefs quickly regained the lead, then added two more goals for a 4-1 win to advance to the state soccer quarterfinals.
“Once they scored, it really woke us up and we knew we just had to keep going and that really shot us up,” Kickapoo senior Josh McCutcheon said.
“We told each other that this is our senior year, this is our time.”
Kickapoo (22-3) will next play on Saturday against Columbia Rock Bridge, with the site and time to be determined.
Senior Hunter Durham scored the only goal of the first half when he raced past Glendale’s defense to get to a long pass from midfield by senior Palmer Harrison.
Running full speed, Durham was able to just get enough on it to tip it past Glendale’s sliding goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
“I’m always looking for an opportunity to get forward and Palmer just played a great ball, whether it was meant for me or not,” Durham said.
“Those are just the ones that you’ve got to guide in, you don’t want to strike it as hard as you can, you’ve just got to put it past the defender.”
Garrad’s goal tied it at 1-all at the 36:39 mark of the second half. Junior Derek Roberts sent the ball in, which bounced off the Kickapoo keeper’s gloves, and Garrad headed it in right from the goal line.
Three minutes later, senior Aaron Strunk regained the lead for Kickapoo at 2-1 with a goal from close range on a pass from senior Josh McCutcheon
“I saw Aaron running across and he finished it for us,” McCutcheon said.
” I saw him right behind the defender and I knew he was coming across so I just played it in there.
“There really wasn’t much to it for me; I just kind of put it into the box for him to score.”
The Chiefs extended their lead to 3-1 on Durham’s second goal off McCutcheon’s second assist with 21:31 left in the game.
“Hunter stopped and waited for me to play the ball and (the defense) stopped so he just ran through,” McCutcheon said.
When Durham collected the pass from McCutcheon, he was wide open, nearly unmarked, with just the goalie left to beat.
“The assist goes to Josh which is most of the goal,” Durham said.
“I was running diagonal and he played the ball through and the keeper didn’t come out, so I just put it past the goalie.”
Kickapoo’s fourth goal came with 13:32 left in the match when senior McKinley Hoogeveen scored a goal off a pass from junior Austin Reinold.
“That’s what we’ve been doing the last week of practice is going to (the) goal and finding the extra pass,” Kickapoo coach Phil Hodge said.
“That fourth goal was very much about finding the extra pass and being unselfish.
“Austin could have shot that ball, and he had a decent angle to shoot it, but he took the extra pass to McKinley.”
The Falcons finished 16-7.
“I’m proud of the way our kids competed this year, we have nothing to be ashamed of,” Glendale coach Jeff Rogers said.
“The way our kids have come together, our captains and the way they’ve led, it’s been a very special year.”