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Sikeston blanks Cape Central on Senior Night

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sikeston senior Blair Kelley dribbles the ball up the field as fellow senior Sydney Davied (3) and Cape Central's Emily Sheets (5) fight for position on Tuesday night at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Sikeston won the game 2-0. David Jenkins, Staff
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs soccer team put together an aggressive performance on Tuesday night and dominated the Cape Central Lady Tigers 2-0 on Senior Night.

The Lady Bulldogs dominated from the opening kick, scoring their first goal on a corner kick from Katherine Inman with 33:37 remaining in the first half.

"I think we played pretty well," said Sikeston coach Doyle Noe. "The first half we came out and didn't pass the ball around as much as I would like to but our defense held strong and we limited their chances and bailed out our offense. We got an early goal that takes a lot of pressure off."

The second half was more of the same for Sikeston (8-7) as the Lady Bulldogs stayed predominately on offense, forcing the issue.

Their pressure paid off with 24:08 remaining when junior Keyonna Blissett sent the ball high into the net over the outstretched arms of the Cape Central goalie to put Sikeston ahead 2-0.

"The second half we came out and really kind of possessed the ball," Noe said. "When you do that and keep the ball out of their forwards hands it really gives them no chance."

Senior Blair Kelley epitomized the Sikeston night as the defender was all over the field, sending back numerous Cape Central advances all night.

"I thought Blair was probably the player of the game," Noe said. "She is very aggressive and very physical and not afraid to mix up and she played very well tonight. She limited their forward's chances and definitely shut down her side for sure."

"I was more motivated since it was my last night," Kelley said. "(Being my last game) is really upsetting to me but I wouldn't want my senior night to be anything else."

Besides Kelly, Tuesday's game was the last home game for fellow seniors Sarah Hopson and Sydney Davied.

"Sarah Hopson is an amazing leader and wonderful person off the field, great player on the field," Noe said. "She's the kind of player you like to coach. She's always positive and gets everybody else excited.

"Sydney Davied is another very positive person and good kid you like to coach. She played central defender and she is usually my most aggressive player in the middle. I got a great game from (the seniors) and it was a pleasure coaching all three and I will hate to see them go."

The season isn't over for the Lady Bulldogs however as they will travel to Poplar Bluff tonight and then Fredericktown on Thursday before starting district play on Saturday at Notre Dame.

"I think we are playing really aggressive this year and hopefully we will carry it into districts," Kelley said.