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Second-half scoring frenzy gives Sikeston 10-0 victory

Friday, September 19, 2003

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J.R. Bizzell
KENNETT - The Sikeston soccer team scored five goals in a six-minute span to blank the Kennett Indians 10-0 on Thursday.

Sikeston had defeated the Indians 5-3 earlier in the season, and only led 2-0 at the half on Thursday.

But a second half explosion led by J.R. Bizzell allowed to win the game going away.

"Yeah it was a good day," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "We had them only 2-0 at the half, but at halftime we had a talk about it. We've had three games where we've led 2-0 at the half. We lost one, tied one and won one. So we wanted to come out and make a statement in the second half and I think we did that."

Bizzell scored four goals in the game, one shy of the school record, and had three assists on the day.

"He had a pretty big game," said Long. "He seemed like he was in on every goal. He's hard to defend against and teams are starting to figure that out."

Bizzell leads the team with nine goals this year.

Sikeston led 5-0 after 60 minutes of play, but the Bulldogs rattled off five goals in the final minutes.

Freshman Blake Taylor had a goal and two assists on the day. Brad Deere and Martin Schaefer each had a goal and an assist.

Other goals were scored by Eric Chappell, Ryan Beaird and Chris Carnell.

Ross Gelsheimer, Justin Eberhard and Scott Gardner each had one assist.

"I don't know if (Kennett was) getting frustrated or what," said Long about the offensive explosion. "We have this new formation where we keep our defenders pushed up more so we have more attackers. I think throughout the year we're going to keep getting better at it. Those last five minutes, you don't see that too often with that many goals in that short of time."

Sikeston out-shot the Indians 32-3. Jason Deere had the Bulldogs' three saves.

Beating the Indians after squeaking by them earlier in the season was gratifying to Long.

"They've got a pretty good team," said Long. "It wasn't a cakewalk, but in the second half we were running on all cylinders. We were making great passes and playing great defense. It was a whole team effort."

Sikeston (3-4-1) will host West Plains on Monday at 4 p.m.

Sikeston's junior varsity tied Kennett 1-1.

Michael Ragsdell scored the Bulldogs' only goal with an assist from Tarryl Booker with five minutes left in the game to tie the score.

VARSITY SOFTBALL

BENTON - The Kelly Hawks softball team improved to 9-3 on the season with a 4-2 win against East Prairie on Thursday.

Kelly sophomore hurler Meghan Tetley was the winning pitcher, throwing all seven innings and allowing just one earned run and one walk.

"She did real good," said Kelly head coach Rhonda Evans. "I had to give Michelle Collins a break because she had thrown twice this week. She had a good defense behind her. They got some hits, but she threw well. She used her change up several times. She looked really good today. I was proud of her."

Kelly jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBI-doubles by Jessica Burnett in the first and Ashley Rockett in the third.

East Prairie tied the scored in the top of the fourth, but a two-run triple by Rachel Kline put the Lady Hawks on top for good.

"We just could not hit East Prairie's pitcher," said Evans. "We put everything in play, but we were off the end of the bat. We were swinging 90 miles per hour and couldn't slow down to hit her."

Kelly will play at Poplar Bluff on Tuesday at 4 p.m.