Jordi Ferrell got the game-winning goal at the 65-minute mark, as she got around the Perryville defense and hit a left-footed shot past the keeper. Kelsey Lawrence was credited with the assist.
"It was just an ugly game all the way around," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "This was probably our worst game on the year. Our defense was poor and our midfielder's were non-existent. We just couldn't get the ball to our forwards. But, we will take any win we can get right now."
The game was physical on both sides, with neither team willing to back down from one another. While no cards were issued, numerous fouls were called on both teams.
"We get more physical with physical teams," said Perryville head coach Stacie Sargent. "Their was not a lot of control out on the field tonight. I don't want to say too much, but it was physical."
"No doubt it was a physical game," said Long. "Both teams seemed to be playing out of control at times. I thought the refs did a good job of trying to keep control."
The Lady Bulldogs opened up the scoring on a nice 28-foot goal by freshman Emily Eaves on an assist by Ariel Reynolds at the 7-minute mark.
Perryville tied the game right before half on a goal by Kendra Schilli, assisted by Lindsay Martin at the 37-minute mark. The game was tied heading into the half.
"We played poorly in the first half and I believe they had more chances on goal," said Long, "to be honest, I think they outshot us for the game. They seemed to control the flow of the game."
After a rough weekend at the Lady Zizzers Classic in West Plains in which the Lady Bulldogs lost their final two games of the tournament, Long believes his team is still trying to get over that experience.
"We went through a little scoring drought over the weekend," said Long. "Our offense has been struggling but the girls kept on fighting. They kept playing and we got a nice goal by Ferrell to win it. Very nice to play as bad as we did and come away with a win."
The win for the Lady Bulldogs was supposed to be their eighth of the year. However, after the game it was learned that the Sikeston loss to Springfield, Ill. in the Carbondale Tournament which was rained out a few weeks back, is now really a win.
According to Long, Springfield decided not to return to the tournament over the upcoming weekend and therefore Sikeston will be rewarded with the win and will move forward in the tourney.
No junior varsity game was played between Sikeston and Perryville due to the Lady Pirates inability to field a team.
Perryville (8-6) will play in their own tournament on Thursday and will meet Windsor in the first round.
Sikeston (9-4) will travel to rival Notre Dame today with the junior varsity contest set to begin at 5:30 p.m.