(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON--The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team was back under the lights on Tuesday night taking on the state-ranked Jackson Indians, and fell just shy of a victory, losing 3-2 to the Indians.
Jackson, now 10-1 on the season, suffered it's only loss to Cape Central earlier in the season.
"I think we did a nice job," Jackson head coach Zack Walton said. "We battled hard and didn't give up. We got our opportunities and finished."
Walton had nothing but praise for the superb job that Sikeston keeper Scott Droddy displayed for the crowd.
Sikeston jumped out to an early lead, when Robert Brooks passed off to Jordan Davis for a goal at the 9:00 mark in the first half.
Jackson was held scoreless until 35:00 in the first half when Brian Davidson sent one in on Droddy, with the assist from Dee.
At the half the score was even at one goal apiece.
Sikeston scored their second goal just 40 seconds into the second half when Davis passed off to Cody Anderson for the score.
Sikeston went scoreless the rest of the half, as Dee took over the game, scoring his first goal of the game at the 43:00 mark. He then assisted Curtis Sturms' goal with eight minutes to go in the game that put the Indians on top for the win.
"I thought we played well," Sikeston head coach Derrick Long said. "Jackson's a state-ranked team. We've played well for about three games now."
"We got a couple of good goals tonight," he added. "We're starting to open up and find some seams. We just made a couple of mistakes on defense. We let a guy in the back door and he drilled it and there was just nothing Droddy could do about it."
The Bulldogs recorded 12 shots on goal while the Indians put up 16 shots of their own.
Jackson travels to Notre Dame on Thursday night, where they won the Notre Dame Invitational just weeks ago by one goal against Notre Dame.
Sikeston gets set to take on Marion, Ill., in another home game Thursday night. Varsity play immediately follows the junior varsity action, which begins at 5 p.m.