(photo by David Jenkins)
The Lady Bulldogs were hurt the most by two Lady Tigers. Jessica Johnson and Becky Payne scored four goals apiece, leading Cape Central to the uncontested victory.
"It's hard to gauge how well you play against a team like Cape Central," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "Every year, teams like Cape Central, Notre Dame, Jackson and St. Vincent are ranked in the top 10 in the state. Our girls go out there, play tough and play hard. I think they're starting to understand the concepts of soccer."
Cape's Jenny McClure and Ashley Godsey also scored goals. As a team, the Lady Tigers finished with 25 shots on goal compared to Sikeston's eight.
Sikeston keeper Thea Williamson recorded 15 saves.
"When we have breakdowns, the other teams know how to score," said Long. "But when the other teams have breakdowns, we don't know how to put it in the net. We just don't have that scoring mentality yet. It just comes with experience."
Sikeston (0-3) will face Cape Central again on Friday in the Notre Dame Tournament.
In the junior varsity contest, Cape Central defeated Sikeston 9-0.
The Lady Tigers finished with 20 shots on goal while the Lady Bulldogs ended with 11.
Sikeston keeper Whitney Wallace had 11 saves. Sikeston's junior varsity falls to 0-8 with the loss.
"I'm happy with where we are right now," said Long. "We're progressing with every game on varsity and jayvee. With these younger girls getting varsity time, I think our future is looking pretty good."