SIKESTON -- Sikeston's soccer team was close to Cape Central in every category except the final score at the end of Tuesday's match, falling 4-0.
"I think we played them pretty tough," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "We didn't get a lot of breaks, and (Cape) capitalized on the mistakes we did make. They are probably going to be the best team we face."
Cape's Arthur Pilsner scored the match's first goal at the 25-minute mark. Sikeston had an opportunity to tie the score on a penalty kick for tripping, but failed to convert. All-stater John Mark Thompson then provided a penalty kick for Cape Central at 38 minutes, giving the Tigers a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Thompson scored his second goal of the match at 43 minutes, then teammate Heath Orr scored at 74 minutes.
Sikeston had 15 shots on goal compared to Cape Central's 18. Keeper Chris Cota finished with 14 saves, while Cape's Trevor Blattner had 17.
"On the goals they made, Cota saved the initial shot but it bounced off him, and our defense couldn't clear the ball," said Long. "(Cape) got a second shot on the three goals they scored. Chris played a great game. Our defense just had trouble getting the ball out of our area."
Sikeston (2-4) will travel to Kennett on Thursday.
In the junior varsity match, Sikeston played Cape Central to a 1-1 tie.
"That was a big tie for us," said Long. "We're mainly a freshmen team with just a few sophomores. We held a really good Cape Central team to a tie."
After a scoreless first half, Sikeston's Martin Schaefer scored the first goal of the game at the 41-minute mark off a Ross Gelshimer assist. Cape's Trey Willis tied the match with a goal at 55 minutes.
Sikeston had 20 shots on goal to Cape Central's 25. Sikeston keeper Jake Marsh had 24 saves.
"That was probably the best game I've seen (Marsh) play," said Long. "He's going to be our varsity keeper next year, so that's good for us."