CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston saw its soccer season come to an end on Monday, losing 4-0 to Notre Dame in the Class 2, District 1 tournament.
The Bulldogs trailed just 1-0 at halftime but were never able get on track offensively.
"It was a rough game," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "There were a lot of fouls. Overall, I thought we played a pretty good game. (Notre Dame) is definitely not four goals better than us. They might be one or two goals right now. They just put our mistakes in the goal and we didn't put any of theirs in."
Frankie Ellis scored Notre Dame's first goal at 34 minutes, off an assist from Jonathan Market.
In the second half, Blake Urhahn scored at 41 minutes to make it 2-0. Mark Unteriner closed the match with goals at 42 and 72 minutes to give Notre Dame the 4-0 win.
"I thought we played a very strong first half," said Long. "We outshot them and controlled the game in the first half. In the second half, they score two goals in the first two minutes to put us down 3-0. You can't put yourself in a hole against a good team like (Notre Dame)."
Sikeston finished with 17 shots on goal and keeper Jason Deere made 15 saves. Notre Dame had 19 shots on goal and keeper Brenden McMeel made 17 saves.
The Bulldogs end the season with a record of 9-12-1.
"We didn't reach our goal of making the district championship game, so the guys are disappointed with that," said Long. "Other than that, I thought we had a pretty good year."
Sikeston will lose Brad Deere, Jason Deere, Ed Pike, Kyle Howard and Zach Black to graduation.
"We've got some go-to guys with Blake Taylor and J.R. Bizzell up top," said Long. "We've got some freshmen like Chris Carnell and Taryl Booker coming up. We have a couple of holes to fill next year, but our future looks bright."
Sikeston beat Windsor in the first round of districts 3-1. Bizzell scored all three goals for the Bulldogs, off assists from Ryan Beaird, Martin Schaefer and Brad Deere. Sikeston outshot Windsor 23-10 and keeper Jason Deere made nine saves.
"We're going to win a district championship," said Long. "That's going to be our goal every season until we do it. Eventually, we're going to hang one of those banners up in the Field House."