CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team lost their first game during the 2011 Notre Dame Soccerfest on Thursday at the hands of Carbondale, Ill., 5-3.
Although the Bulldogs started the contest on fire, they hit a slight snag right before halftime.
Freshman Tyler McClinton scored Sikeston's first two goals at the 15 and 13 minute marks with both assists coming from Hunter Williams.
Carbondale got on the board with five minutes left to go before the half to make it 2-1.
It looked as though Sikeston would take a two goal lead into the break but their potential third goal was called back because of an offsides call.
"It was close, but it was the right call," Noe said. "That would have been huge to go up by two goals at the half but for it to be so close like that kind of demoralizes you."
Carbondale pounced on Sikeston's misfortunes by quickly scoring their second goal of the game right before halftime to tie the contest at two.
The Bulldogs were a bit 'unorganized' when beginning the second half as their defense gave up two goals within the first 20 minutes.
"Our defense is a little young," Noe said. "We made a few mistakes that cost us there but it gave us a chance to see what we need to tighten up."
Tyler Neal gave Sikeston their third goal at the 65th minute with the assist coming from Josh Hampton to cut Carbondale's lead in half, 4-3.
However, in the 78th minute Carbondale added their final goal to put the lid on the Bulldogs.
"Offensively we're playing well and scoring a lot of goals," Noe said. "We just need to keep working."
Sikeston (1-1) moves to the consolation bracket at will play Murray, Ken., at 3:30 p.m. today. Depending on that outcome, they will play at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Saturday.
DEXTER -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats defeated the Jackson Lady Indians in three sets on Thursday evening 25-20, 25-27 and 25-20.
Hannah Noe led the Lady Bearcats with 23 assists, Lauren Ward added 14 assists and 10 digs.
Jessica Lindsey led the squad with nine kills while Brittany Harris had eight. Lindsey Hindman added 11 digs and was 13 of 14 on serves. Erika Mouser contributed 11 digs and was a perfect 10 for 10 on serves.
Dexter's junior varsity also won 25-9, 25-16.
BERNIE -- Putting together a monster 10-run rally in the fourth, the Bernie Mules defeated the Risco Tigers 13-3 in five innings Thursday afternoon on the mercy-rule.
"It wasn't like we were making a bunch of errors," Risco coach Brandon Blankenship said. It was just good, clean hits on Bernie's part..
Trailing 3-1 entering the frame, the Mules kicked off the rally with a solo home run from Blake Trover to close their deficit to one.
After pulling ahead 5-3 with two outs, Bernie went on to collect seven consecutive hits to jump ahead 11-3 by time the frame was over. It was with a pair of runs in the fifth that the Mules closed out the win on the run-rule.
Jumping out to an early lead, Risco did most of their damage in the top of the first when Austin White bounced a double off the outfield fence, scoring a pair of runners. Bernie retaliated with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame.
The Tigers final run came in the third, which put them ahead 3-1.
Leading the Tiger's three hit effort was White, who finished the contest 2 for 2 with a double and two runs batted in.
With 13 hits on the contest, the Mules attack was led by Blake Trover, who went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run.
Now at 2-4, Risco will host Naylor on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.