CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Bulldogs scored first but couldn't hold off the Cape Central Tigers on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 SEMO Conference decision to the Tigers.
Sikeston (2-6-1, 0-2 in conference) opened the scoring on Blake Taylor's penalty kick from 15 yards out at the 28:35 mark of the first half.
After Adam Gillean was fouled on a breakaway, Taylor, one-on-one with Cape keeper Clayton Uptain, rifled a shot into the right corner of the net.
Sikeston carried the 1-0 lead into the second half.
"Coach (Doyle) Noe and I told our guys to watch for them to switch things up in the second half," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long.
"They (Cape) tried to go down the gut in the first half then, in the second half, they went outside, but it's one thing to tell them, another to execute."
Cape Central (3-4-1, 1-0 in conference) struck for back-to-back goals within a five-minute span in the second period.
"Central's got quick guys on the outside and they burned us twice," said Long.
Forward Mike Alberson netted both, the first on a shot off the left wing that eluded Sikeston goalie Scott Droddy. John Sakarelos assisted on the play at the 27:30 mark.
The second goal, at 22:40, was a bit of a fluke as Alberson netted a shot on a carom off a teammate at the throat of the goal. Jared Roop got the assist. "That second goal hit off a Central guy's face," explained Long. "Just one of those bounces that didn't go our way."
Sikeston had a couple of legitimate scoring opportunities go awry later in the half. Timmy Hart's header off a corner kick was swatted away, then Chris Carnell's cannon shot from about 14 feet was online but right at the goalie for an easy save.
Cape added a third goal on a penalty kick by Lucian Johnson with about five minutes left.
"I didn't like the call at the end," said Long, of the late penalty. "Dakota (Trevino) got to the ball first and the guy tripped over him. We were still in it there and that was kind of a backbreaker with five minutes to go."
Cape outshot Sikeston 16-11 and led in corner kicks, 4-2. Each team had a penalty kick.
Droddy, in goal for Sikeston, recorded nine saves and Cape's Uptain saved eight shots.
Said Long, "I was kind of happy with the way we played. We gave a lot of effort out there, lot of heart. It's starting to come together a little bit."
In junior varsity action, Sikeston lit the scoreboard early on Robert Brooks' goal off Steven Beydler's assist with less than two minutes gone.
But, that was the Bulldogs' lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Cape.
CHARLESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team lost on the road Tuesday afternoon to a tough Charleston Lady Bluejays team 7-2.
Sikeston winners were Jenni DeWitt in singles and the doubles team of DeWItt and Tess Marshall.
"Charleston has a good team," said Sikeston head coach Lynne DeWitt. "Jenni played well in singles action. She got down quickly 0-2 but came back and won the next eight points to get the victory. Jenni and Tess had a good doubles match. They played really hard the whole game."
Sikeston will host Cape Central Tuesday at 4 p.m.
1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Jade Schwieger, 8-2.
2. Kati Luehmann (C) def. Tess Marshall, 8-4.
3. Allison Defield (C) def. Danielle Ahlfield, 8-0.
4. Courtney Luenmann (C) def. Megan Underhill, 8-0.
5. Lindsey Burke (C) def. Taylor Allen, 8-0.
6. Mary Katie Renaud (C) def. Hannah Moore, 8-4.
1. DeWitt/Marshall def. K. Luehmann/Defield, 8-1.
2. Schwieger/Burke def. Ahlfield/Underhill, 8-0.
3. C. Luehmann/Renaud def. Allen/Moore, 8-0.
PORTAGEVILLE -- The Portageville volleyball team improved to 9-4-1 on the season with a 25-16, 25-18 win against Delta C-7 on Tuesday.
Lauren Kellams had five kills and Mary Hannah Fisher had six assists.
Portageville will host Kennett on Thursday at 6 p.m.
NEW MADRID -- The Sikeston 8th grade football A and B teams split their season-openers at New Madrid County Central on Tuesday.
The Sikeston A team fell 26-6 to NMCC but the B team defeated NMCC 20
"We had some first-game jitters," said Sikeston coach Steve Bays. "They had already played a game and this was our first. We just have to overcome those things. We've got a game on Saturday and we hope to be twice as good on Saturday than we were tonight."
Sikeston's Darryl Howard scored the only touchdown for the Bulldogs in the A game, scampering in from 45 yards out.
In the B game, Quinton Washington had two touchdown runs and Sherrod also had a touchdown run.
Sikeston's freshman team will be in action tomorrow at Dexter.