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Soccer team has defensive letdown in loss to Jackson

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Sikeston's Brad Deere (8) tries to keep the ball away from Jackson's Steven McKinney in Tuesday's match
(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's soccer team experienced a bit of a setback on Tuesday, losing 3-2 to Jackson on a cold and windy afternoon.

The Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead at halftime, only to see the Indians rally with three goals in the second half.

"Our midfield played pretty good, but we struggled a little on defense today," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "We really haven't struggled on defense all year. I don't know if it was from getting back so late (Monday night) or what. We just had a little layoff today."

Sikeston's first goal came at 28 minutes, when J.R. Bizzell scored off an assist from Brad Deere.

Jackson's Chris Kraust tied the score at the 45 minute mark, off a Steven McKinney assist. Cameron Keller then gave Jackson the lead with an unassisted goal at 63 minutes.

At 67 minutes, Blake Taylor tied the score with a goal assisted by Bizzell.

With three minutes left in regulation, McKinney kicked the go-ahead goal that gave Jackson the victory.

"It seemed like we had a lot more opportunities than Jackson had," said Long. "We just didn't put them in. All three of their goals were just bouncing around in the box, something our defense has been clearing away all year. It wasn't a typical day for our defense, but Jackson played well. They wanted it more than we did today."

Sikeston finished with 20 shots on goal and keeper Jason Deere had 11 saves. Jackson had 14 shots on goal and made 17 saves.

Sikeston (5-6-1) will host Marion on Thursday at 4 p.m. Tuesday's junior varsity match ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Bulldogs outshot the Indians 14-4, and keeper Cody Cooper had four saves. Sikeston's junior varsity record is now 2-4-3.