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Soccer team beats Kennett for second straight victory

Thursday, September 11, 2003

SIKESTON -- Sikeston's soccer team won its second consecutive match on Wednesday afternoon, defeating Kennett 5-3 at the Recreation Complex.

The Bulldogs outshot Kennett 32-4 in the win.

"I thought we came out a little sluggish," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "When you outshoot a team like that, you want more to go in. This was our fifth game in seven days, so we're pretty tired and beat up right now. We turned it on in the second half and started to get a little momentum."

Evan Hoskins gave Kennett an early lead, scoring at four minutes off an assist from Martin Hernandez.

J.R. Bizzell knotted the score at 14 minutes with a goal assisted by E.C. Atchison.

At 18 minutes, Hoskins scored again to put Kennett up 2-1. Scott Gardner scored one minute later to tie the score 2-2. The assist was provided by Brad Deere.

In the second half, Blake Taylor scored unassisted at the 43-minute mark. Bizzell added to Sikeston's lead with a goal at 51 minutes, off an assist from Deere.

Deere also provided an assist for a Ross Gelsheimer goal at 58 minutes to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead. In the final minutes of regulation, Hoskins scored his third goal of the match to make the final 5-3.

"We've got a lot of speed up top, and our midfield is starting to play real tough," said Long. "Brad Deere had three assists today, which shows we're getting great passes up to our forwards. The defense was a little off today, but they've been pretty solid all year. I like the way things are going."

Sikeston finished with 32 shots on goal, and keeper Jason Deere had one save. Kennett had four shots on goal and their keeper recorded 22 saves.

Sikeston (2-2-1) will have its mettle tested today against Notre Dame.

"It's going to be a true test (Thursday) when we play the defending state champs," said Long. "That should tell us where we're at right now."

Sikeston also won Wednesday's junior varsity match, beating Kennett 3-0. Goals were scored by Cody Black, Terrell Booker and Andrew Box. Assists were provided by Adam Gillean and Kyle Howard.

The Bulldogs had 15 shots on goal and keeper Cody Cooper recorded six saves. The junior varsity improves to 2-0 win the win.