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Bulldogs start season with strong showing in tournament

Monday, August 27, 2012

sports@standard-democrat.com

CARBONDALE -- Their first game needed two days to finish but, overall, the Sikeston Bulldogs' season opening weekend was a good step forward to begin the year.

Accepting the invitation to play at the Coach Kline Invitational Tournament in Carbondale, Ill., the Bulldogs began play Friday against St. Charles East which is a high school with an enrollment of over 3,000 students.

The game began without a hitch but halfway through the match the field lights where Sikeston was playing gave tournament staff trouble. The game had to be postponed until Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs were down 2-0 when the lights failed them and eventually lost 7-0 on Saturday.

St. Charles scored on three penalty kicks and started Saturday with a goal on a corner kick.

"Overall, it was a weird first game," Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe said. "They scored first thing when we started back with a set play and kept going from there. That team is filled with club players and that will be by far the biggest school we play all season."

45 minutes later, the Bulldogs rebounded with a lopsided win against Massac County from Metropolis, Ill., 6-0.

Gavin O'Brien and Chase Baron both scored two goals in that game, while Zach Harrison and Josh Hampton also punched goals in.

Hampton, Sikeston's goalie, hit a massive punt back towards his offense at the other end of the pitch. The ball bounced over Massac's goalies head and into the net for the goal.

Although they had seen both ends of lopsided affairs to start the weekend, their biggest test and measuring stick would be against the host squad, Carbondale.

Thanks to a goal two minutes into overtime by Harrison, the Bulldogs pulled out a thrilling 1-0 win.

"It was a good weekend for us, overall," said Noe. "We found guys that can score for us in Zach (Harrison), Gavin (O'Brien) and Hunter (Taylor) on top of the guys that we had already planned on being scorers. Those were three quality games for us so it was definitely a positive."

Sikeston (2-1) will have most of the week off until Thursday when they will take part in the Notre Dame Soccer Fest at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau.