POPLAR BLUFF -- Sikeston's girls soccer team was defeated by Poplar Bluff on Monday, 10-0.
Molly McCann and Andrea Campbell each scored four goals for the Lady Mules, then Sikeston scored two goals for them on missed kicks.
"When you play against these tough teams, they're going to score goals," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "I look more at how we play our positions and get back on defense. I think we're getting better and better every game. It's a marathon, it's just going to take awhile."
Sikeston keeper Thea Williamson finished with 11 saves while Poplar Bluff had 12. The Lady Mules finished with 21 shots on goal compared to Sikeston's 12.
Sikeston (0-8) will travel to St. Vincent on Friday at 4 p.m.
In Monday's junior varsity match, Sikeston was much more competitive, losing 3-1.
Kristin Turnbow scored Sikeston's goal on an assist from Elizabeth Killion.
"I was real happy with our jayvee," said Long. "We scored a goal and also had another chance to score on a penalty kick. The last time we played (Poplar Bluff) we lost 7-0. Getting it to 3-1 shows improvement. We want our varsity to do well, but we really look at the jayvee because that's our future. We're really impressed with some of the players. We just need to pick up a few more athletes in a few spots and I think we'll be alright in a few years."
Keeper Whitney Wallace had 14 saves in the loss. Poplar Bluff's keeper finished with 13. Poplar Bluff had 17 shots on goal compared to Sikeston's 14.