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Bulldogs shutout Anna-Jonesboro 4-0

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Trey Tigart dribbles through the Anna-Jonesboro defense on Tuesday against the visiting Wildcats at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Chris Pobst, Staff
SIKESTON -- Throughout most of the match, the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team controlled every aspect.

From possession, tempo and everything in between, the Bulldogs continued to crash the goal, which resulted in a 4-0 win over visiting Anna-Jonesboro, Ill., at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

"We came out doing what we wanted to do," Sikeston coach Doyle Noe said. "We established possession of the ball. When you do that, you frustrate a team and they're going to get tired and worn out no matter what they do. We just kept the ball and chances were going to come.

"We played a whole game tonight."

Sikeston pounded out 22 shots on goal to Anna's seven. The Bulldogs' defense, which has been racking up plenty of shutouts as of late, can take credit for the Wildcats' limited offensive chances.

They are answering somewhat of a dare from Noe he laid at their feet earlier this season.

"After a tournament we had early on where we gave up quite a few goals. I challenged my defense and my keeper to really step up and play a complete game," Noe said. "We've been doing that a lot lately. Steven Baker has been playing amazing back there. He's so fast, so quick and so aggressive and just frustrates the heck out of the other team. He's really fun to watch."

Along with Baker, keeper Michael Gipson and the rest of the Bulldogs backfield thwarted every one of Anna's limited opportunities.

"I've got a good rotation going back there and that's key," Noe said. "You've got to play a full game on defense if you're going to win districts and make a run in the playoffs, you've got to tighten it down on defense the whole time. You can't give up any breaks and that's what shutouts are."

As their defense kept Anna off the scoreboard, Sikeston's offense got going early -- starting with freshman Tyler McClinton.

McClinton has had a knack for getting the Bulldogs going. The fleet-footed forward kept to his recent trend on Tuesday putting Sikeston up 1-0 early in the first half.

"He's an extremely quick, extremely fast kid whose got a great shot," said Noe about McClinton. "He knows where to be. A lot of the times he might not even be contributing, he might be out of the play and the next minute he makes a run and gets a breakaway and finishes one.

"It's great to have, especially out of a freshman."

Sikeston captain Hunter Williams scored their second goal with 19:01 in the first half. After two unsuccessful attempts at pushing a goal through, Williams caught a rebound off the goal and finally punched one in.

It's his first goal back from a nagging elbow injury that has sidelined him for a few games.

"You've got a lot of players that can play up top and score a lot of goals, Hunter can do that, but he can also possess the ball," said Noe. "So much happens with him. He makes everything kind of click. I've got a lot of talented guys that can score goals -- that's trouble for other teams."

Sikeston (6-3) came out of the first half with a 2-0 lead, but was looking for more.

They found it after two penalty kicks.

After a foul to Tyler Neal in the penalty box, Josh Bill poked in Sikeston's third goal faking Anna's goalkeeper to the right while finding the back of the net to the left.

"Tyler Neal played a great game on the sideline," Noe said about the first penalty kick. "He was wearing his defender out over there. He got a little frustrated and took a hack at Tyler and we earned the 'PK' and we finished."

With 4:13 left in the contest, Bill was fouled inside the box but Williams took the kick.

Williams put it in off the keeper and then off the post which popped out right back to a sprinting Neal who was alert enough to scoop up the rebound and kick it in.

"He was running through and doing what he was supposed to do and hammered it back home," said Noe. "He never gave the other team a chance. It was effort on the part of Tyler more than anything else."

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