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Taylor sets school record

Friday, October 13, 2006

Skeston's Dakota Trevina tires to kick the ball away from Kennett's Jonathan Perciful.
SIKESTON - Senior night for the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team turned into Blake Taylor night, as Taylor broke the career goals scored by a Bulldog player in his last regular season game at the Sikeston Complex on a blustery Thursday night.

Taylor had five goals and four assists to help the Bulldogs ease past the Kennett Indians, 10-0. Taylor scored the first and last goals of the contest to pace the Bulldogs.

At the 60th minute, Taylor found the net for his 88th career goal breaking the career record held by Adam Garrett at 87.

"First off, I would like to thank God and my family for support," said Taylor. "My coaches deserve a lot of praise for helping me be the best I can be. I would like to thank all of my teammates because this is not possible without them. (Chris) Carnell, Timmy (Hart) and everyone that passed on their own shots to pass me the ball, I love you guys."

Taylor capped off his big night with his 89th career goal at 72:00 to close the game.

"It feels great to break the record especially at home," said Taylor. "I have worked real hard all four years on varsity and coach (Derrick Long) had faith in me that I could accomplish this goal. I knew I was getting close to the record but I wanted to stay focused and play within myself."

Sikeston head coach Derrick Long has coached Taylor all four years on the club.

"Blake is just one of those kids you just like to see succeed," said Long. "He works hard every day, just a great kid on and off the field. Blake scored the game-winning goal his sophomore year to win the school's first district title. He scored on a penalty kick last year to win the title. Good things happen for our team when Blake is on the field."

Sikeston controlled the action much of the game and forced the issue on the offensive end. The Bulldogs outshot Kennett 43-8 and gave Indian goalie Anthony Weaver very little breathing room all night.

Besides Taylor's play on senior night, Carnell had an excellent game for his last regular season appearance at home. Carnell scored two goals and assisted on Taylor's last two goals, showing unselfishness for his mate when it appeared he had the better shot.

Sophomores Hart and Caleb Davidson matched the intensity of the seniors and performed for the Bulldogs. Hart scored two goals and had two assists, while Davidson scored a goal at 53:00 and assisted Taylor on his first goal. Freshman Jordan Davis helped out the scoring for Sikeston with an assist.

The game with the Indians in October was a far cry from the game at Kennett early in the season.

"We tied Kennett earlier in the year at their place," said Long, "but we are a totally different team now. We are playing with different schemes, a little more offensive-minded. It has been a good five game stretch for us. We have won five games in six games and it has been a nice little run for us. We are hoping to keep the momentum going."

Junior Scott Droddy, although not severely tested in goal, recorded the shutout for the Bulldogs.

In the junior varsity contest, Sikeston blanked Kennett 3-0.

Sikeston (10-11-1) will try to extend their five-game winning streak after a protracted layoff. The Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 23 when they travel to Poplar Bluff to face the Mules at 5 p.m.