CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's soccer team dropped its first match of the season on Thursday, losing 5-0 to Cape Central in the first round of the Notre Dame Tournament.
"It was tough," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "I told the players going in, this was probably going to be the toughest team we face all year. (Cape has) 13 seniors and starts 10 of them. It's probably one of the most stacked teams they've ever had."
The Bulldogs competed with Cape most of the match, trailing just 1-0 at halftime. Calen Wills scored the Tigers' first goal at the 20-minute mark off an assist from Heath Orr.
"I thought we did alright, holding them to just one goal in the first half," said Long. "We played pretty well defensively. In the second half, they scored four goals in about a 10 to 12 minute span. We just kind of broke down there."
Cape's second goal was scored by Orr at 62 minutes. Aaron Bornstein then made it 3-0 at 68 minutes with a goal assisted by Orr.
Josh Fee and Sam Bornstein both scored late to make the final tally 5-0.
Sikeston finished with six shots on goal and keeper Jason Deere finished with 12 saves.
"It was one of the best games I've seen Jason play," said Long. "He was making some great saves, pretty much quarterbacking everybody back there. He helped our defenders know where to be. I was pretty happy with the way he played. We're going to need him to play like this all year."
Cape Central had 17 shots on goal and keeper Tony Lueckel recorded six saves.
"I kind of wish we wouldn't have played such a strong team in our first game, but it will be good for our experience," said Long. "We started five guys that have never started before. The cohesion is not there yet, and there was a lack of communication on a few of those goals. It's just going to take a little bit of playing together. I think we will be alright."
Sikeston will play the loser of a match between Carbondale and Poplar Bluff today at 5:30 p.m. in the second round of the tournament.