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Trevino kickstarts Sikeston

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sikeston HIgh School forward Justin Deere attempts to get around a Hillsboro midfielder.
SIKESTON -- The accuracy of Dakota Trevino's leg lifted the Sikeston High School boys soccer team to a season-opening victory.

With laser beam-like precision, Trevino planted a pair of free kicks past Hillsboro sophomore goalie Jarrod Huskey in the second half of the Bulldogs' 2-0 win over the Hawks on Monday at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

Both kicks were awarded to Sikeston after Hillsboro was whistled for two separate fouls for tripping.

"Those were two great shots," Sikeston head coach Derrick Long said of Trevino, a junior defender for the Bulldogs. "He's got a heck of a shot. He put both of them in the perfect places."

Trevino's first goal was a low line-drive into the left corner of the net that Huskey could not corral during the 52nd minute. His other goal snuck inside the right post after Trevino took a free kick along the left sideline in front of the Hillsboro bench during the 67th minute.

"Those were two great shots off the dead balls." Hillsboro assistant coach Clancy Moore said. "Our goalkeeper may have gotten turned around on the second one, so it's hard to blame him for it. Credit Sikeston for taking advantage of situations when they presented themselves."

The match was a scoreless battle for the first 51 minutes with Sikeston owning more opportunities to score than Hillsboro and the Bulldogs controlling play with the ball in the Hawks' end of the field.

Sikeston, which improved to 1-0 overall, held a 19-13 edge in shots on-goal. Hillsboro fell to 0-1 this season. Overall, the Bulldogs took 25 shots and limited the Hawks to 18.

Forwards Jordan Davis, a sophomore, and Justin Deere, a senior, were the leaders of the Sikeston attack. They combined for eight shots-on goal in the first half, including a couple of scoring chances Davis made for himself after stealing the ball from Hillsboro defenders in the 12th and 14th minutes.

Deere was nearly able to re-direct a rebound in the 22nd minute after the ball ricocheted off Huskey, but Hillsboro defender Dillon Callahan was able to make the save.

"We need to get a more contributions from our forwards," Long said. "It seems like we pass the ball too much up there when we could have taken a few more shots, and maybe scored a few more times. We don't need to make the perfect pass to set up the perfect shot every time."

The Bulldogs defense clamped down in the second half, when goalie Scott Droddy made eight of his 13 saves to produce a shutout in Sikeston's first game of the season. Huskey made 17 stops.

Droddy, a member of the 2006 Class 2 All-State team, was helped by the defensive efforts of defenders Hunter Dillender, Ashton Cantrell, Nikko Galang, Daniel Sanders and midfielder Dominique Mills.

"I thought our defense played pretty well because, entering the match, we had a few question marks back there. But they stepped up for us," Long said.

"We're not always going to run into an All-State goalie in our first game of the year, either," Moore said. "(Droddy) does a good job. We're hoping that (Huskey), who as a sophomore is about 6-foot-4, develops into a player like him."

Despite the victory, which Long described as a B-minus effort for Sikeston, the Bulldogs' head coach knows there still is work to be done.

"We need to work on some little things," Long said. "We let some people get right through the seams of our defense. Even though we have an excellent player in Droddy as our goalie, I know there are some great teams that are going to put some of those shots in."

Alex Jacobs scored the only goal as Hillsboro was 1-0 victor over Sikeston in the junior varsity match.

Sikeston returns to action Thursday, when it begins its participation in the Cape Girardeau Notre Dame Invitational Tournament. In a first-round match, the Bulldogs take on Jackson at 3:30 p.m. on Field 2.