(photo by David Jenkins)
"We played tough for our first game ever," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "A lot of my girls have never played against a team of (Notre Dame's) caliber. Just getting that experience is going to help. All we've had to practice against is ourselves. It's good to see what the competition is, and where we've got to get to."
Sierra Ellis scored four goals for Notre Dame, followed by Emily Worley with three, Sarah Berkbigler with two and Emily Essner with one.
"I thought we played really well in the midfield," said Long. "We had some defensive breakdowns and our forwards didn't get the ball much, because we were on our half of the field a lot. But I think our midfield played pretty strong."
Notre Dame took 16 shots on goal compared to Sikeston's two. Notre Dame goalie Katie Palmer finished with two saves while Sikeston keeper Rose Blackman finished with five.
Notre Dame also won the junior varsity match, 5-0. Notre Dame had 12 shots on goal while Sikeston had four. Sikeston keeper Thea Williamson finished with seven saves.
Sikeston's junior varsity will travel to Carbondale for a tournament on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs will face Marion in the first round at 10 a.m.
The varsity squad will be back in action next Thursday, traveling to Poplar Bluff.
"It's going to be tough starting out, with it being our first year," said Long. "The one thing I was impressed with was that the girls didn't quit. Even when we were down 7-0 and 8-0, we were still hustling and pushing people around. That was good to see."