JACKSON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs battled the Jackson Indians into a second overtime before falling 2-1 on Tuesday at Jackson.
"We played really well tonight," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "That's what Coach (assistant Doyle Noe) and I have been preaching all year, playing a full game (with) high intensity and, if you make a mistake, somebody picks you up. We did a good job of helping each other out."
The Bulldogs (3-9-1) traded punch for punch with the Indians (9-3-3) for 106 minutes before Jackson's Brian Davidson netted his second goal of the evening with 4:21 left in the second overtime.
"They got us on a backdoor screen, old Princeton-style," said Long, of Davidson's breakaway goal. "(Goalie Scott) Droddy didn't have a chance."
Jackson drew first blood when Davidson, assisted by Spencer McCormack, scored with 6:56 remaining in the first half.
Sikeston evened the score at the 29-minute mark of the second half on striker Blake Taylor's goal off an assist from Timmy Hart.
Hart's pass caromed off a Jackson defender to Taylor, leaving him one-on-
one with the goalkeeper. Taylor juked left then calmly slipped a perfectly-
placed ground shot pass the keeper into the right corner of the net.
The Bulldogs narrowly missed a couple of later scoring opportunities.
With time ticking down in the second half, Chris Carnell's shot sailed over the top post and Hart's offering was corralled on a nice save. Then, during the second overtime, Dakota Trevino's 30-yard direct kick was stopped by Indian keeper Justin Darnell.
Late in regulation, Droddy averted a potential Jackson game-winner with a spectacular diving stop, one of his 17 saves.
Outshot 25-10, the Bulldog defense earned kudos.
"We moved Adam Gillean to midfield and I thought he did a good job solidifying the midfield and we played a couple of new defenders. Caleb Davidson stepped in on defense, for the first time this season, and did a good job controlling the outside. Jordan Davis, Hunter Dillender and Trevino were solid. All of our defenders played well.
Long also expressed pleasure with the Bulldogs' overall performance.
"This was a great game and how we've been wanting to play all year and, hopefully, a stepping stone for us," he said. "There's a reason they're 9-3
-3.They're playing some quality teams and they're a good team, but we played a complete game. It didn't go our way, but we'll take it."
Sikeston lost the junior varsity contest 6-2, with goals scored by Darin Dicus and Nick DeLaRosa.