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Sikeston Lady Bulldog soccer players honored

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Sikeston girls soccer team improves by leaps and bounds every year since its inaugural season six years ago.

People are starting to take notice.

Sikeston had two players honored when the Class 1 All-State teams were released.

Junior Jordi Ferrell was picked as a first-team forward, the second time she's been given a postseason award after making second team last year.

Also, Sikeston sophomore Abbi Keefer was picked as an all-state honorable mention forward.

"It's a real big deal, especially when you look at the quality players from the quality teams that had players on the list," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "It's just an honor for both those girls to be on there.

"Sometimes we play a lot of local teams and it's harder to get recognized by the St. Louis area teams. For them to get noticed and have heard about what kind of season they had says a lot. It's a great one-two punch we have."

The two girls helped lead Sikeston to a school record 14 wins this past spring. The team finished 14-10-1, losing to St. Vincent in the District 1 semifinals.

Ferrell had 27 assists and 22 goals for the Lady Bulldogs this year.

"Moving right up to the first team was well-deserved," said Long. "She had a heck of a year and it's going to be really hard for her to not make it again next year because

"I expect an even bigger year from her."

Keefer led the team with 23 goals while recording 12 assists.

Long thinks she's just scratching the surface of what she can accomplish.

"I think she's got a really good shot to be even better next year and make it again, especially if she stays healthy," said Long. "There were a lot of senior forwards on the list ahead of her. They do a lot of that all-state stuff by positions."