(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- While spectators were busy swatting mosquitoes, the Fredericktown soccer team was busy swatting back Sikeston goal attempts and when the mosquito spray settled, the Blackcats walked away with a 2-0 win.
"It is a very tough loss since they are in our district," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "We had a lot of opportunities and we couldn't catch a break up there and we couldn't put them on goal."
Sikeston had 22 shots on goal and were seemingly in Fredericktown's zone the entire night but Blackcat goalie Eli Skaggs continually turned the Bulldogs away.
"Their goalie did a good job," Long said. "He was in position for every one of our shots."
At the 65th minute, Roberto Grado took a pass from Logan Royer and put it in the corner of the net to give Fredericktown the 1-0 lead. Before Sikeston could regain their composure, the Blackcats scored again when Aaron Forister took a pass from Royer and popped the ball in the air, just out of the reach of Sikeston goalie Scott Droddy, who finished the night with 14 saves.
"We've been going through a lot of adversity," said Fredericktown coach Rusty Sancegraw. "Our last game was probably our worst of the year and I think this was our best game of the year. I'm really proud of my kids right now."
Down 2-0 the Bulldogs refused to give up and put on a flurry of attempts, but could never get the ball past Skaggs who finished the night with 22 saves.
"(Sikeston) hustled and never quit," Sancegraw said. "That's a team with Derrick over there, that they are never gonna quit. It's never over with them."
Long was very complimentary of Fredericktown's effort as well.
"They haven't been around too long, but I thought they came out with a lot of aggression and high intensity and played a full 80 minutes and we had a couple of letdowns in that five minute span," Long said. "It's just a hard loss. We've been playing well against some really high caliber teams and we had a little letdown today but you have to tip your hat to (Fredericktown)."
Sikeston (6-10) will be back in action tonight when they host rival Notre Dame. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m.
"It's a big game," Long said. "The thing is we're trying not to read too much into these regular season games. Everybody knows all I care about is district games and getting our team rolling by districts. All of these games are big but as long as we play well, we will put something in the back of Notre Dame's head that if we meet in districts it will be a battle."