(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON--The Sikeston boys soccer team finished up their week of play with one win and two losses, dropping their last game of the week to Marion, Ill., on Thursday night by a score of 3-2.
Despite the loss, Sikeston head coach Derrick Long was positive about his team's performance.
"It was a hard-fought win for Marion," Long said. "We played with a lot of effort tonight. We battled them for 99 minutes and they scored in the last minute."
Sikeston started out with the lead when Dakota Trevino scored on a free kick at the 38 minute mark. The Bulldogs took the lead into the half, 1-0.
Robert Brooks quickly passed to Mikey Botkin for Sikeston's retaliation goal just two minutes later at the 49 minute mark.
After fourteen minutes of shot-after-shot toward each team's goal, Sikeston's luck ran out and Marion tied the game back up at two, when at the 63 minute mark Nick Patterson took a shot and scored. Jaron Olson was given the assist.
The score remained even for the remainder of the second half, as well as the first overtime period.
At the 99 minute mark, with the second overtime winding down, it was Meadows again, who took the shot and scored, with an assist from Patterson, giving Marion the 3-2 victory.
"We lost 4-0 in our first meeting with Marion," Long said. "We've improved a lot."
"We've moved a couple of people around and it's starting to spark our offense," Long said of his team's offensive play in the game.
Sikeston still has eight games remaining before the district tournament begins in late October.
"We've still got time before districts," Long said. "It would be nice to win a few of these games where we've fought so hard. We've lost the last two games in the last two minutes."
"Fredricktown is here on Monday," he added. "That's a big district game. It would be big to get a win there since they're playing well this year."
In goal for Sikeston, Scott Droddy recorded 16 saves.
Marion out-shot Sikeston 19-15 on the night.
"If you can have any kind of moral victories, this week would be one," Long said. "We won all three games by our effort."