POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston soccer team moved over the .500 mark on the season with a 2-1 road victory over Poplar Bluff on Tuesday.
The win marks Sikeston's third in a row heading into Thursday's make-up game at Notre Dame. The match is slated for 7 p.m.
"This is a real big win for us," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "Anytime you go to Poplar Bluff into their territory, it's going to be a tough game. We got a big score early to held put us at ease."
Adam Garrett scored a goal in the first 30 seconds to put Sikeston on top. He was assisted by Stephen Pobst.
Garrett put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0 at the 56:00 mark on an assist from Aaron Bateman.
Poplar Bluff broke the shutout with two minutes left on a goal by Dane Baston.
Sikeston goalie Chris Cota recorded 12 saves. Sikeston out-shot Poplar Bluff 19-14.
"We got big play out of our defense," said Long. "Four defenders (Jason Showmaker, Bateman, Justin Coffer and Justin Wethington) never came out. This is probably our best game yet out of the defense."
Garrett now has 15 goals on the season and is closing in quickly on Andrew Lawson's single-season record of 22.
Sikeston is now 5-4 on the season. The Bulldogs won just six games all of last year.
"Notre Dame is one of the toughest teams in the area," said Long. "Hopefully we can keep playing well."
Sikeston's junior varsity lost 2-0 to Poplar Bluff.