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Soccer team grabs first win

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Tanner Fritz
KENNETT -- Sikeston's soccer team picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday, defeating Kennett 4-1.

The Bulldogs outshot the Indians 28 to 4.

"I thought we played pretty good," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "Any time you get 28 shots, you want more goals, but goals have been hard to come by so far this year. It was good to get that many shots."

Kennett jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the two-minute mark, when Frank Carter scored on a penalty kick. Sikeston's Justin Eberhard tied the score at 23 minutes with a kick assisted by Joel Kinder.

E.C. Atchison then gave the Bulldogs the lead with an unassisted goal at the 28 minute mark. Atchison later provided an assist for Lance Rhodes, who scored at 34 minutes go give Sikeston a 3-1 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Tanner Fritz scored Sikeston's final goal at the 65 minute mark off an assist from Edward Pike.

"When you're young and inexperienced, that first win is really hard to get," said Long. "I think this will build our confidence. We're just going to take it one game at a time and see what happens."

Keepers Jake Marsh and Jason Deere finished with three saves.

Sikeston (1-4) will have its mettle tested today, hosting Notre Dame at 4 p.m.

"It's going to be another tough test," said Long. "Notre Dame has a real good team this year."

Sikeston won Wednesday's junior varsity match over Kennett, 4-0. Sikeston's goals came from Martin Schaefer, Joel Kinder, Kyle Howard and Jordan Dillender. The junior varsity squad improves to 2-0 win the win.