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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Bulldog soccer falls to Jackson

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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Sikeston's Chris Carnell tries to keep the ball away from Jackson's Matt Mueller.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team lost a heart-breaker on Tuesday night to the visiting Jackson Indians by a score of 1-0.

Jackson controlled the first half as the action was in their zone much of the time. The Indians outshot Sikeston 8-4 in the first half as they put the Bulldogs on their heels throughout.

In the second half of play, Sikeston played with more intensity and thus had some excellent opportunities on goal but came up short in securing a goal against the Indians.

"We played a lot better in the second half," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "Although we lost the game we played tough and the guys have nothing to be ashamed of."

Although Sikeston played a more aggressive second half, Jackson scored the lone goal of the evening as Matt Mueller put the ball in net at 79:00 on an assist by Steven McKinney.

"The goal was tough to give up because had players in right positions but the bounce did not go our way," said Long.

After the Jackson goal, the Bulldogs amped up the pressure on Jackson's goalie as Sikeston registered five shots on goal in the waning moments of the contest.

Blake Taylor had some chances on goal but excellent defense by Jackson spoiled any hope of tying the game for Sikeston.

"Jackson is a good team and they play extremely hard," said Long.

Jackson outshot Sikeston 16-11 as Sikeston's goalie Scott Droddy had 15 saves.

The Bulldogs played without Ryan Beaird who was suspended for the match as he had received penalties in the game against Farmington that prevented him from action against Jackson.

"We have a tough team with a lot of character and even though we were a man down tonight, the guys didn't quit," said Long.

In the junior varsity game, Jackson blanked the Bulldogs 3-0.

Jackson (6-5-1) will be in action against Notre Dame on Thursday while Sikeston (5-7) host Marion, Ill. on Thursday with the junior varsity action slated to begin at 5 p.m. Varsity game will begin immediately after the junior varsity.