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Chaney's two goals lift SHS over Anna-Jonesboro

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sikeston's Madison Chaney fights an Anna-Jonesboro, Ill., player for a ball on Wednesday evening at the Sikeston Sports Complex. David Jenkins, Staff
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's Madison Chaney keeps rolling along.

The Lady Bulldogs forward scored two goals and led Sikeston to a 2-1 win over Anna-Jonesboro on a windy Wednesday night at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

Chaney has 13 goals this season, by far the most for any Lady Bulldog.

In the 14th minute in the first half, Chaney collided with Anna's keeper but was able to punch in a goal using her face. Although a little dazed by the contact, Chaney was able to stay in for most of the first half and continued on for the entire second half.

"Getting an early lead and pushing back was the game plan today with the wind blowing like it was," said Noe.

Anna-Jonesboro, however, was able to tie the game in the second half with 15 minutes to go.

With the ball bouncing towards Sikeston's goal, Anna's Ashton Crews caught the stray and sent it straight past Sikeston keeper Annie Ramey for the goal.

"(Crews) did a good job of hustling and staying with it," Noe said. "It was a high, bouncing ball and our defenders just kept backing away from it letting the ball play them. I think it bounced four or five times and (Crews) just ran up and got it."

Not a minute later, though, Chaney caught a pass from Monica Carter right through the Anna defense leading Chaney perfectly towards the goal.

Sikeston's leading scorer put in her 13th goal that hit the right side of the net for the game-winner.

"That was a huge play," Noe said. "Madison was very determined and Monica played a great ball to her past the defense and Madison slides the ball right into the corner.

"Madison has been doing that a lot lately. I'm not surprised by it. It was just a great play for her to finish."

Added Anna-Jonesboro head coach Mark Boomer, "By the time we were trying to clear the ball up, (Chaney) got the ball back and shot. You've got to block her. She's quick."

With a brisk wind blowing for most of the game, the Lady Bulldogs had the advantage of playing with the wind in the first half.

"The big game plan was to try and get an early lead and then we would push players back," Noe said. "We did well. We limited their chances for a while, but they put one in."

And although they were charged with playing into the wind in the second half and suffering the tying goal just moments earlier, Sikeston rallied exactly 56 seconds after Anna scored to take the lead for good.

"That was a huge goal to answer back after they scored on us," Noe said. "That was a big letdown after playing solid for 30 minutes and having just 15 minutes left to go."

Anna-Jonesboro seemed to control possession for most of the game, but had a tough time pushing a goal in.

"We couldn't finish," Boomer said. "We'd get the ball up there and couldn't put it in."

Ramey, Sikeston's keeper, had another solid outing at goal.

The sophomore deflected several Anna attempts including one shot that was sailing upwards over the head of Ramey.

Sikeston's keeper alertly tapped the shot over the cross bar rather than try to catch it, thwarting Anna-Jonesboro's advances.

"She had a great game," Noe said about Ramey. "I told her in the second half she was going to get tested a little more because of the wind and she made one great save over her head. If she doesn't get a touch on that ball, it's a goal but that's not a ball you can catch.

"She's learning the small parts of being goalie."

The Lady Bulldogs (5-8) will travel to Marion, Ill., today in their third meeting overall meeting with them. Sikeston and Marion have split their previous two contests.

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