(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
Sikeston freshman Madison Chaney scored three goals, including the game-winner in the 73rd minute to help the Lady Bulldogs advance.
"Madison Chaney had a big game for us," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "To get a hat trick in a big district game like that was huge. They were doubling Keyonna (Blissett) and that left her open to do some things.
"That was big time for a freshman."
Sikeston got on the board first at the 11-minute mark when Chaney scored off of an Emily Eaves throw-in. A minute-and-half later, Festus tied the game at 1-1, but at the 14-minute mark, Chaney took an assist from Kristin King, hit the bar on the shot but it fell behind the goalie and into the net.
Blissett then scored at the 33rd minute to put Sikeston ahead 3-1, but Festus again answered cutting the lead to 3-2.
Sikeston scored one more time in the first half when an Eaves throw-in went off the Lady Tiger goalie and into the net, giving the Lady Bulldogs a 4-2 halftime edge.
Festus didn't quit and scored off of a corner kick that touched several players before slipping past Sikeston goalie Asia Liggins at the 60-minute mark. At the 69-minute mark, Krysta Bradford tied the game for Festus at 4-4.
"They play that St. Louis style where they move the ball a lot," Long said about Festus. "It was a battle but, in the end, we came out on top."
Chaney got the final goal in the 73rd minute, taking a pass from Katherine Inman and streaking past Festus defenders for the go-ahead goal.
With the win, Sikeston will take on Perryville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Perryville. The Lady Pirates defeated Windsor in double overtime on Monday.
"It was a good fight," Long said. "Hopefully, this will carry over to Perryville. We've played (Perryville) before and it's going to be a physical game."