(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team played another close game on Tuesday evening but came up empty to the Cape Central Tigers 1-0 in regulation. The Bulldogs battled hard the entire game but Josh Compas' goal midway through the second half on an assist from Cole Viers put Cape Central on top where they would remain as the final whistle was blown.
A bright spot for Sikeston was the play of keeper Jason Isaacs. Isaacs was left alone on the defensive end several times and came up big for his squad in the box.
"I thought Jason Isaacs had a really good game tonight," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "He kept us in the game. He just thwarted shots left and right."
Long also said that his defense showed promise on Tuesday evening as well, stating that they held steady for nearly the entire contest, not giving up too many opportunities for the Tigers to score.
"Our defense played well," he said. "Teams are starting to key on us not being able to score goals this year. At halftime they're making adjustments and not keeping as many people back (on defense). That's what happened Monday night against Perryville (Sikeston lost 4-0) and that's what happened tonight. So, you've got to praise our defense a little bit for being able to hold down the fort as best as they could."
Long went on to say that the Bulldog offense has got to get things going soon as they're starting to "look up at the mountain" as far as the remainder of the season is concerned.
"We're 1-8 and we're playing a lot of tough teams," he said. "We've got a tough road. Tonight we had flashes of good play between Jordan Davis and Daniel Sanders and that's going to be a big thing for us if we can get some offense going. Every time we take a few steps we're getting knocked down, but the key for us is we've got to start scoring."
Sikeston will have a chance to jump-start their offense on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when they take on Saxony Lutheran in the Carbondale Tournament.