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Bulldogs beat Poplar Bluff on Senior Night

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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Sikeston's Andrew Box heads a ball in front of a Poplar Bluff defender.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs boys soccer team notched a big win on Senior Night over the Poplar Bluff Mules 2-1 at the Sikeston Complex.

Four seniors played their final home match of their career. Ryan Beard, Andrew Box, Scott Gardner and Trey Stone made their final home game a victorious one.

The Bulldogs put constant pressure on the Mules defense throughout the game and outshot Poplar Bluff 25-9 on the night.

"We did a good job of keeping pressure in their zone," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "I would like to capitalize on our opportunities as we let some slip by."

The first half of the contest was a feeling out process as both teams seemed to be affected by the cold northerly wind. Sikeston did have more opportunities on goal as they outshot the Mules 9-4 but goalie Steven Cowan of Poplar Bluff made some excellent saves to keep the Bulldogs scoreless.

The constant pressure by the Bulldogs finally paid off at 49:00 as Blake Taylor scored on an assist by Scott Gardner. Taylor streamed in from the right on goal and Gardner made a perfect pass by the Poplar Bluff defenders to an open Taylor who beat Cowan for the first goal of the match.

Gardner and Taylor hooked up again at 63:00 when Taylor scored on a nice assist from Gardner to put Sikeston up 2-0 over the Mules.

The Bulldogs has often gone in a halftime scoreless but have come out in the second half on fire and have put teams away.

"We are a second half team for some reason," said Long. "We played better tonight in the second half and finally put the ball in goal."

Poplar Bluff finally got on the board at 68:00 as Martin Esquiel scored the lone goal for the Mules.

"I was not happy with the last 10 minutes of the game," said Long. "The guys have got to play a full game in order to be successful and hustle on every play."

Scott Droddy made 24 saves for the Bulldogs in goal as Sikeston defeated Poplar Bluff 2-1.

"This is the first time that Sikeston has been .500 in regular season," said Long.

Sikeston (10-10) will play on Saturday at 3 p.m. as they open up the first round of Class 2, District 1 against Windsor. The Bulldogs received the No. 2 seed in districts and Windsor got the No. 6 seed.

Class 2, District 1 will be held at Notre Dame High School who also got the No. 1 seed.

If Sikeston wins on Saturday, they would play next Tuesday at 5 p.m. against the winner of No. 3 Hillsboro and No. 6 Fredericktown.

Poplar Bluff (5-17-1) will be at Notre Dame today for a regular season matchup.