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SHS falls to Saxony in overtime

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Sikeston junior Kelsey Jenkins kicks a ball as Saxony defender Courtney Bergman (19) chases after on Tuesday at Saxony Lutheran High School. Chris Pobst, Staff
JACKSON -- The atmosphere surrounding the Sikeston girls soccer team on Tuesday was a dreary one.a

For starters, they were dealt a disheartening 4-0 blowout by the hands of their rivals just the night before. The Lady Bulldogs had to follow that the next day by playing a road game in 40 degree weather with pellets of sleet and rain beating down upon them.

Although they showed glimpses of brightness against the Saxony Lutheran Lady Crusaders, the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome the climate or their own woes falling in overtime, 2-1 at Saxony High School.

"It's kind of a depressing day," Sikeston coach Doyle Noe said about Tuesday's game. "But, you've got to have energy and be ready to play no matter the conditions. Good teams would fight through when your not playing your best and find a way to win. We're not there yet.

"We have no energy right now. There's not a lot of leadership and it shows. There's no communication or no fire. It's frustrating."

Saxony coach Ryan Schweain agreed.

"It was and interesting game," Schweain said. "It was cold, sleeting on us and I think the girls on both teams looked like they'd rather be doing something else."

It didn't take long for Saxony to capitalize on Sikeston's recent troubles. Sophomore Sydney Rapp scored the Lady Crusaders' first goal on what looked to be a simple cross kick that just so happened to get away from the striker. Rapp's kick lofted just out of the reach of goalie Trenice Greer into the back-corner of the net.

"I think she was looking for a cross kick and kind of hit it wrong and lobbed it over the goalie on the backside," Schweain said. "We'll take it. We'll take them however we can get them."

Neither team threatened to score again in the first half. Saxony (3-2) was up 1-0 at halftime.

It wasn't until the last five minutes of the second half that Sikeston made a run at the Lady Crusaders.

On a Sikeston corner kick, junior Keyonna Blissett alertly punched in a pinball-type ball that bounced off of the Saxony keeper, off of teammate Sarah Hopson and then off of Blissett. A quick kick by Blissett tied the game at 1-1 giving the Lady Bulldogs new life.

"There was a lot of congestion around the goal and good things can happen," Noe said. "Keyonna just kept pushing through and played the ball."

Each team scrambled to end it within regulation but no goals were recorded before the whistle signaling overtime.

The Lady Bulldogs had two prime chances to end the game with two corner kicks but came up empty handed.

Following the two missed corner kicks, Saxony had two chances to score on two separate breakaway occasions. The first opportunity was thwarted by Greer with a one-handed stopper.

"Trenice read where she was going, stepped out and made a great save," said Noe. "You expect your keeper to stop maybe 2 of 10 of those. She gave us enough time to keep us alive but we couldn't hold on."

The second, however, didn't go Sikeston's way. Saxony sophomore Kristy Winter scored on their second transition attempt ending the game as soon as the ball hit the net.

"They played a ball out quick," Noe said. "We were retreating and maybe a little winded but they capitalized. They were in transition and had the numbers and put it in to win.

"They had a couple other chances where (Greer) came up big but she couldn't save them all."

Sikeston fell to 1-3 on the season. They will try to erase their current three-game losing streak on Thursday against visiting Anna-Jonesboro at the Sikeston Complex.

"Probably the only positive thing to bring out of this game is that we came back," Noe said. "Being down and tying it late and having a chance to win is a good thing. Saxony deserved that game and we had no business being there at the end.

"Hopefully we'll work through it and get things positive again."