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Chaney leads Sikeston past Cape Central 2-1

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Sikeston junior Madison Chaney (right) is tripped up by Cape Central's Tat Reagan (left) Tuesday at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Sikeston won the game 2-1. Chris Pobst, Staff
SIKESTON -- Taking on upwards of four defenders at a time has become second nature to Sikeston's Madison Chaney.

The fleet-footed forward draws the attention of every defense she faces which, at times, looks like an entire backfield is between her and the goal.

"It's kind of frustrating, but I know if I get past them with my speed I can usually break through two or three of them," Chaney said about playing against multiple defenders. "I know that most of the time, because of my speed, most coaches know about me."

Chaney's quickness enables her to move around countless defenders. She juked and buzzed past Cape Central for two goals Tuesday as she led the Lady Bulldogs to a 2-1 win at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

"Madison had a great effort tonight," Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe said. "She just keeps fighting. When she gets double-teamed even triple-teamed at times, she just keeps fighting through it. She's probably has the biggest heart for the smallest kid I've ever coached. There's no quit in her."

Chaney poked in the winning goal with 2:56 left in the second half, averting Cape Central's backfield with every move she made.

Monica Carter provided the cross kick that began Chaney's journey towards her winning goal.

Chaney sped past her first defender, lollipopped it directly over another and side-stepped her last before pushing a kick past Cape Central goalie Apple Thomas into the right side of the net to give Sikeston the win.

"I knew as soon as Monica came with the cross we had to be crashing," Chaney said. "I knew as soon as I touched it I had to get to the corner."

Added Noe: "A lot of defenders take her for granted. They sleep on her speed a little bit. By the time they realize where she's at, she's already two steps past them and she can finish in goal."

Sikeston's first goal stemmed from a breakdown by Cape Central.

While the Lady Tigers were pushing up the field with possession of the ball, Sikeston intercepted the ball and gave it to Chaney, who hurried past two Cape Central defenders for the goal.

"We're all pushing up and had one little breakdown and they capitalized on it," Martin said. "I thought our girls played well. (Chaney's) a good player. She's fun to watch."

Although the Lady Bulldogs (4-7) pulled ahead with a 1-0 lead in the first half, Cape Central dominated possession in the first 40 minutes.

Sikeston keeper Annie Ramey had her hands full, but stood firm.

"They definitely outshot us and had a lot more chances," Noe said. "The defense is starting to really figure things out. Annie's doing a great job and is a lot more comfortable. We moved Kathryn Inman at sweeper a few games ago and she's really been doing well too.

"You can give a little bit but you have to make sure you're solid on defense and we neutralized a lot of their chances tonight."

The Lady Tigers (5-8-1) converted on one of their 18 shots on goal.

"We had a lot of opportunities and I was happy with the pressure we put on them," Martin said. "Sikeston played a good game and finished two shots."

Cape Central's lone goal came from Taylor Welker who played a cross kick perfectly, punching in a ball that bounced around Sikeston's goal.

"There was a little bit of miscommunication with us," Noe said about Cape Central's goal. "We failed to clear a ball and Cape capitalized on it."

Sikeston is coming off of a 1-2 performance at the Fralish Cup this past weekend in Carbondale, Ill. They avenged their first loss of the season to Marion, Ill., Saturday but lost to both Springfield and Carbondale.

"Coming back from this weekend after losing two and our big win over Marion, we knew Cape was going to be hard," Chaney said. "At first, I thought we came off kind of sluggish and I came off with the early goal, but I thought we played pretty well."

Sikeston's junior varsity (4-3) also pulled out a win defeating Cape Central 1-0.

Lexi Curtis scored the only goal with the assist from Madelyn Limbaugh.