PERRYVILLE -- The Sikeston girls soccer team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday with a 1-0 loss to St. Vincent in the Class 1, District 1 Tournament in Perryville.
St. Vincent's Brooke Brown scored the game's only goal on an assist from Lacey Siegmund at the 13:00 mark. The shot was from 25 yards out as it was perfectly placed over Sikeston goalie Amber Minner's head.
The rest of the contest was a defensive war as neither team could mount much of an offensive attack.
Both teams had eight shots on goal in the contest.
"It was a pretty even game," Sikeston coach Derrick Long said. "Every scoring chance was pushed away by both teams' sweepers. Any time we don't reach our goal it's disappointing. We wanted to get to that championship game. We've got a lot of offseason work to do to get us back to where we need to be."
Sikeston's best chance to score came with nine minutes left in the contest when they were awarded a free kick, but the shot was blocked by St. Vincent's wall of defenders.
"That was our best chance," said Long. "They had all 11 players in line and we hit the wall with our shot. I thought we played solid all the way around. Jordi Ferrell and Katie De La Rosa controlled the midfield for us. They just seemed to be a step faster than our forwards."
"(St. Vincent is) a real good team. They're really solid -- a junior-laden team. They had a lot of speed and they moved the ball around well. I thought we were pretty even in most aspects of the game."
Sikeston ends its season at 14-10-1.
Several records were broken this season, including the most wins in a single season by the team in its short, six-year existence.
Sophomore Abbi Keefer set a school record for goals in a season with 23 and also broke Allison Blurton's career-goal mark of 31. Keefer now has 35 career goals.
Junior Jordi Ferrell had 22 goals and set a school record with 27 assists. Her 71 points scored is also a school record.
Freshman Emily Eaves had a solid year, scoring eight goals with 16 assists.
Minner's 10 shutouts this year broke Audra Wooley's school record (8).
Long also pointed out strong play by Ashley Angle and De La Rosa this season.
The team started out 8-2 on the year, but struggled leading up to the district tournament.
"I thought we played well at times," said Long. "We went through a tough patch there at the end of the season but we seemed to turn it around going into districts. Just a couple steps or a couple bounces here or there and we could've gotten to that championship. We just have to get a little more committed and a little more dedicated in practice and I think we'll be okay in the future."
In the other semifinal top-seeded Notre Dame defeated Perryville 2-1.
Notre Dame and St. Vincent will meet for the district championship tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.