MARION -- Sophomore Elizabeth Killion scored the first goal for Sikeston's girls soccer program in a 4-1 loss to Marion on Thursday.
At the 79 minute mark, she found the back of the net on an assist from Marissa White.
"She's had so many chances to score this year, we were glad to see her finally get one," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "She's had some bad luck and a lot of great shots have been stopped by keepers. She's a great athlete and she's starting to learn the game. Everyday she's improving. I'm sure this won't be her only goal."
Sikeston played the match 10 players short due to state choir, traveling with just 21 players for both varsity and junior varsity. The Lady Bulldogs were surprisingly competitive with the depleted lineup, losing by just three goals.
"I thought we played really well," said Long. "We had five of our starters missing, so it might have been a totally different game. We played right with (Marion), we just had trouble finishing."
For Marion, Melissa Ozga scored two goals and Leslie Benton contributed one. Marion finished with 18 shots on goal compared to Sikeston's 11. Lady Bulldogs' keeper Thea Williamson finished with 14 saves.
"We played more as a team tonight," said Long. "Everybody got back on defense and everyone pushed up on offense. We've been a little sluggish in our last couple of games, but tonight we came out with a higher intensity. (Marion) has a good team. They've had a program for seven or eight years, and I don't think we're that far behind them. That's encouraging."
Sikeston (0-7) will host Poplar Bluff on Monday.
In the junior varsity match, Marion defeated Sikeston 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs actually finished with more shots on goal, 9-8, but failed to score.
Sikeston keeper Whitney Wallace finished with six saves.