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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

Sikeston gets physical with Poplar Bluff

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Sikeston's Tanner Fritz, left, runs into Poplar Bluff's Dane Batson in Monday's match.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's soccer team ended the regular season with a 2-1 win over arch-rival Poplar Bluff on Monday afternoon, rallying from a halftime deficit to pull out a win.

The Bulldogs head into district play with a record of 8-9-1. "I think we had a pretty good season," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "There were some low points, but overall it was pretty good. And we're just starting to play really well. Hopefully we can go out on a high note."

Monday's match marked the third time Sikeston and Poplar Bluff have met this season, and was even more physical than first two matches.

"It was a lot more physical," explained Long. "We had added momentum going into the game because we knew they took us for granted with some comments they made in the paper. We went out there pretty fired up. Right off the bat, there were a lot of fouls going both ways. We kept the referees on their toes."

The Bulldogs trailed 1-0 at halftime after Poplar Bluff's Matt Schindler scored off a Ben Haas assist at the 22-minute mark.

"The goal (Schindler) scored was a great shot," said Long. "It was from about 40 out, and he just peppered it."

In the second half, fullback Justin Coffer scored off a Tanner Fritz assist and Adam Garrett scored off a Brandon DeWitt assist to give Sikeston the win.

"(Coffer) came up for a corner kick and got one," said Long. "Being a senior, it's big for him to get a goal in the last regular-season game."

Sikeston finished with 18 shots on goal compared to Poplar Bluff's 15. Sikeston keeper Chris Cota recorded 13 saves.

Sikeston will open district play at Notre Dame on Thursday, playing Kennett at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs have been seeded third this year.

"Notre Dame got the first seed and is on the other side of the bracket," said Long. "Hopefully we can make it to the championship game."

Sikeston lost the junior varsity match against Poplar Bluff Monday, 2-0.