(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
The final result was disappointing, considering the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats earlier in the year, then tied with them on another occasion.
"They controlled the whole game," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "I don't know if we took them a little lightly or what. We didn't play that great on Tuesday and we didn't play that great tonight. I'm hoping the slump ends right here."
Marion's Jeffrey Lewis scored the only goal of the first half, off an assist from Zach Camton.
Phillip Appino made it 2-0 at the 50 minute mark, scoring an unassisted goal. Lewis added his second goal at 56 minutes, off an assist from Appino.
"We made a lot of defensive mistakes, some offensive mistakes and had some goal keeping errors," said Long. "We even had a few coaching errors tonight. (Marion) capitalized on everything we did wrong."
Sikeston's only goal of the match came at 67 minutes, when Ryan Beaird scored off a J.R. Bizzell assist.
Marion's Scott Langston made it 4-1 with a goal at 74 minutes.
In the game, Sikeston had 12 shots on goal and keeper Jason Deere made 16 saves.
"I don't know if we're a little soccered-out right now or what," said Long. "We've had a lot of games in the last few weeks, and that takes a toll on your body. Our defense isn't playing as sound as they were. We are going to take a few days off here in practice and hopefully come back strong next week. We're hoping to get back to where we were a couple of weeks ago."
Marion had 21 shots on goal and their keeper made 10 saves. Sikeston (5-7-1) will host Fredericktown on Monday at 4 p.m. In Thursday's junior varsity match, Sikeston defeated Marion 2-0. Freshman Tarryl Booker scored both goals for the Bulldogs, off assists from Cody Black and Andrew Box.
"Tarryl played a real good game, he's starting to come on strong," said Long. "He's starting to learn how to score, and will probably help (the varsity) here in the near future."
Sikeston's junior varsity squad outshot Marion 15-5, and keeper Cody Cooper made five saves. The jayvee improves to 3-4-2 with the victory.