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Bulldogs' offense explodes in 8-1 win

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sikeston's Chase Baron shields the ball away from a Harrisburg, Ill., defender Tuesday night at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Sikeston won the match 8-1. Chris Pobst, Staff
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team showed just how dangerous they can be when their offense is clicking on Tuesday night.

Adam Johnson scored three goals against visiting Harrisburg, Ill., and the Bulldogs rolled to a lopsided 8-1 win at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

"It was definitely the offense tonight," Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe said. "Harrisburg didn't really have a lot of chances and it's great to have a lot of guys flying around that can make plays."

Five different players scored goals for Sikeston. For a team that has been led by defensive effort -- Sikeston has 13 shutouts on the season -- it was nice for Noe to see his offense break through.

"We're really deep and we have a lot of athletic guys with great foot skill that can finish," Noe said. "That's what's dangerous about us. If we can get everybody clicking and moving, then other teams can't really single on one guy."

In the blink of an eye, Tyler McClinton put the Bulldogs ahead with a goal in just the fourth minute of the match.

Less than a minute later, Adam Johnson made it 2-0 Bulldogs to give the home team a comfortable, early lead.

With a 2-goal lead, Sikeston had a small letdown when they allowed a goal by Harrisburg in the 21st minute.

Noe admitted that possibly gaining their early advantage might have lessened their focus a bit.

"We got those early goals and just took our foot off the gas," said Noe. "That was just a complete lack of effort on defense. Our team just stops and their one player kept going. It was a play that we took off and if we're going to do anything at the end of the year, you have to clean those things up."

Sikeston (14-4) was awoke by the goal, however, punching in two more before the half to take a commanding 4-1 advantage.

Johnson poked in the Bulldogs' third goal with just over seven minutes left and Chase Baron made it 4-1 within the last minute of the half.

Johnson made it 5-1 just minutes after the second half began. Baron scored his second goal of the night at the 51st minute to make it 6-1.

Zach Harrison and Brandon Goodwin punched in two more goals towards the end of the game when things were well in hand for the Bulldogs.

"(Monday) we beat Fredericktown 3-1 and it wasn't our best effort," Noe said. "There was a lot of frustration here tonight and I think getting back on our field our guys wanted to score goals. Once the goals started going in, they smelled blood and all the guys wanted to get in on the action.

"It was a good effort by quite a few guys."

Sikeston totaled 30 shots on the night while allowing Harrisburg just three.

Audi Hay also had three assists, while Johnson, Goodwin, McClinton, Baron and Layton Jones each had an assist each.

Sikeston will be off until Monday when they host Fredericktown.

The Sikeston junior varsity team also won big, 6-0 against Harrisburg.

Conner Merideth and Caleb Hampton each scored two goals for Sikeston (5-3-2). Layton Jones and Gabe Wheeler added a goal apiece as well.

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