Paige Silverthorn and Allison Blurton were honored before the game as the only two seniors on the Lady Bulldogs. Even though it was senior night, two underclassmen stole the show for Sikeston.
Sophomore Jordi Ferrell and freshman Abbi Keefer were the offensive catalyst for Sikeston. Ferrell and Keefer each scored two goals and had an assist to power the Lady Bulldogs past Fredericktown.
It was a blustery Thursday night in May at the Sikeston Complex with the wind blowing at 20 m.p.h. from west to east, which made for tentative play in the first half.
"It took us awhile to get going," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "In the second half the wind was against our backs and we opened it up a little more. I thought that we controlled the game throughout. We felt good heading into the game. The girls have been playing some good soccer lately."
Sikeston got on the board first with a goal by sophomore Kaitlyn Turnbow at the 14:00 mark of the first half. Ferrell assisted on the first goal for the Lady Bulldogs.
Turnbow made a fantastic move across the goal and sent the ball just under the Fredericktown goalie's outstretched arms and in the left side of the goal.
The Lady Cats evened the score eight minutes after the Sikeston score, when Courtney Kemp scored an unassisted goal.
Sikeston controlled the action in the half as the Lady Bulldogs outshot Fredericktown 13-6.
In the second half, the Lady Cats made a change in goal that worked out well for Sikeston.
The Lady Bulldogs scored four unanswered goals in the second half led by Ferrell and Keefer.
At the 54:00 mark, Ferrell scored a nice goal that sailed over the goalie and into the net for a 2-1 lead. Keefer assisted on the Ferrell goal.
Sikeston looked to be in trouble at 61:00, as the Lady Bulldogs committed a penalty in the Fredericktown box. Kemp was awarded a penalty kick for the Lady Cats.
Silverthorn was in goal for Sikeston and was the only line of defense against Kemp. The Fredericktown forward faked to her left and shot toward the lower right corner of the goal.
Silverthorn anticipated correct and dove to her left and made contact with the ball and deflected the ball out of goal and allowed Sikeston to clear the ball.
"It was just a great save by Paige on the penalty shot," said Long. "I believe she has saved four such shots this year. Paige has good instincts and gets low in goal."
Fredericktown seemed to be deflated by the Silverthorn save and Sikeston surged ahead.
Two minutes after the penalty save, Keefer scored unassisted to increase the Sikeston lead to 3-1.
Keefer scored her second goal on a assist by sophomore Kelsey Lawrence at 74:00. Two minutes later, Ferrell scored her second goal unassisted to make the final score 5-1.
"I like the way we are playing right now," said Long. "We are moving the ball around and getting more people involved. We are using Ferrell more in the middle and we are trying to get her the ball. She did a nice job today."
In the junior varsity contest, Sikeston finished with the first winning record for a JV team in the program's history. With a 2-0 win over Fredericktown, Sikeston finished 5-3-1 for the season.
Megan Underhill scored a goal on a assist by Arianne MacGillvary for the Lady Bulldogs. Jordan Rodgers scored the second goal for Sikeston unassisted.
Sikeston (10-12) received the No. 2 seed in Class 1, District 1 at Perryville. The Lady Bulldogs will face host and the two seed Perryville on Monday at 5: