CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's soccer team took on the defending state champions Thursday, losing 3-1 to Notre Dame on the road.
"We were in it until the end," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "We had just a couple defensive errors on penalty kicks. This will go as a mark in the loss column, but I don't thing we really lost that game. We just ran out of time."
Notre Dame held a 2-0 lead at halftime with goals scored by Jason Delgado and Jonathan Market.
Blake Urhahn then scored at 46 minutes off an assist from Market to make it 3-0. At 49 minutes, Sikeston missed out on a golden opportunity to score by missing a penalty kick.
Chris Carnell found the back of the net at 70 minutes for Sikeston's only goal of the match. E.C. Atchison provided the assist.
"We play (Notre Dame) one more time, then we've got the districts," said Long. "Our goal is to win the district championship. Anything less that will be a disappointment. All these games are just getting us prepared for districts."
As a team Sikeston had 14 shots on goal and keeper Jason Deere recorded 13 saves. Notre Dame had 17 shots and their keeper finished with 15 saves.
Sikeston (2-3-1) will host Cape Central on Tuesday.
"That's probably the best team we play all year," said Long. "We played them in our first game of the season and lost 5-0. It's going to be a big challenge, but it should make us better in the end."
Sikeston lost Thursday's junior varsity match 2-0. The Bulldogs were outshot 15 to 7 and keeper Cody Cooker had 12 saves.