(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs undefeated streak came to an end on Thursday night at the feet of the Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs, 3-0.
A goal by Notre Dame's Anna Wren exactly one minute into the match gave Notre Dame an early 1-0 lead and used that momentum to sail towards a win.
"I think we came out a little shell-shocked," Sikeston head coach Derrick Long said. "Especially when they got that goal in the first minute."
Just seconds before, however, Sikeston sophomore Keyonna Blissett had a golden opportunity possibly give he squad the early lead. Blissett's attempt to score would fall short.
"If we would have maybe finished that one, it maybe would have given us a little confidence," said Long.
Notre Dame added it's second goal at the 19 minute mark when Brianne Sanders made it 2-0 with an assist from Olivia Roth. The home team's third and final goal was scored by Lacy Boeller with an assist from Allyson Bradshaw.
All three of Notre Dame's goals were scored in the first half and were held scoreless in the second which was a victory in itself for Sikeston.
"They've got a good team," Long said about Notre Dame. "They've got eight or nine seniors and a lot of returning starters from last year and I knew with all of these younger girls that we're playing right now that it was going to be kind of tough just going into this.
"I knew it could be ugly but, I thought in the second half we settled down and played some pretty good soccer. We kept them out of the net and that's the big thing."
Sikeston looked to have scored against their senior-laden opponent when Katherine Inman hit the back of the net with a long kick in the second half. The goal was waved off because of an indirect kick; another player had to touch it before it went in.
"That's just bad luck," Long said. "That was a great shot by Katherine. That was a coaching error. I didn't see his arm go up."
Sikeston (4-1) is scheduled to play next Wednesday at Harrisburg, Ill.
"We still got a lot of work," Long said. "I wasn't expecting to lose but I was expecting us to be a little bit behind (Notre Dame) just because of their experience. It just showed us some weaknesses we have and some stuff that we need to work on."