(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Jumping out early with two goals in the first six minutes of play, the Sikeston Bulldogs made sure Monday night's contest with the Fredericktown Blackcats was never in question.
Scoring five goals in the first half, the Bulldogs added another three before the final whistle for an 8-4 win.
"It's always good to get the early goals and take some pressure off your guys," Sikeston coach Doyle Noe said. "Put a team in an early hole and a lot times they may back off a little bit, so it's always good to get on the board early."
Ending up with five goals on the night, Hunter Williams gave the Bulldogs the quick lead when he found the net just two minutes into the contest.
"I was running and it was a ball that was bouncing right in front of the box," Williams said. "Me and the goalie were coming out and I kind of tapped it around the goalie who was coming full speed out at me. He fell down and I just put it in the back of the net."
Williams found the net twice more in the first half with Trey Tigert and Blake Angle also finding the net to give Sikeston a 5-1 lead going in to half.
Though Fredericktown came away with three goals in the second half, two more goals by Williams and another by Chase Baron made sure the Blackcats never got too close.
"We moved the ball well tonight, we just made a couple dumb mistakes and gave up a couple goals we should have stopped," said Sikeston's Tyler Neal, who had three assists. We should have finished a lot more shots, but other than that we did alright."
Already having surpassed last season's win total of eight, the Bulldogs move in to the last four regular season matches two ahead of that at 10-11 on the year.
After Monday's varsity match, the two team's junior varsity squads faced off for a scheduled one-half contest where Sikeston took the 2-0 win.
Brandon Goodwin gave Sikeston the lead with about 30 minutes to play while Kaleb Newton added some insurance with 23:27 left.
Next up for Sikeston varsity, the Bulldogs will travel to St. Louis Saturday where they will play both Sacred Heart and Southern Boone County.