(photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
"We had a lot of chances," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "We hit two off the post, then Tanner (Fritz) had a one-on-one breakaway with about a minute left. It's the same old thing -- we're having trouble putting it in the net."
After a scoreless first half, Jackson's Stuart Nolen scored the only goal of the match at the 65 minute mark. Trent Forester provided the assist.
Sikeston had 14 shots on goal and keeper Jason Deere had 14 saves. Jackson had 15 shots on goal and finished with 12 saves.
"It seems like we play to the level of our competition," said Long. "If we play a weaker team, we'll barely squeak one our or lose. When we play these bigger schools, we always play up to the challenge, especially at home."
In Tuesday's junior varsity match, Sikeston tied Kennett 1-1. Jordan Dillender scored Sikeston's goal off an assist from Justin Eberhard. The Bulldogs outshot the Indians 15-9. Keeper Cody Cooper made 14 saves.
Jason Lucas scored Jackson's only goal.