(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- In a wild finish, the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team defeated Cape Central 3-2 on penalty kicks Thursday at Cape Central High School.
Josh Hampton was the hero saving three shots during the do or die situation at goal as well as kicking the game-winning goal.
"It was a very intense, very physical game," Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe said. "Josh came up huge for us. To save three shots during penalty kicks and then turn around and make the winning goal is big.
"It was a well-played game with a great atmosphere."
Sikeston (17-4) gained the early advantage after a goal by Zach Harrison made it 1-0 in the 20th minute. It stayed a one-goal game until halftime.
Cape Central scored back to back goals within the first five minutes of the second half to take a 2-1 advantage.
Sikeston tied the game in the 60th minute with a bit of luck on Cape Central's part after a funny hop off of Sikeston's Tyler McClinton's head touched a Tiger player and ended up in Cape Central's goal on an own-goal. McClinton is given credit for the goal.
After two 10 minute overtimes, penalty kicks were needed to settle the outcome -- Cape Central's second-straight penalty kick finish in the last two games.
Sikeston's Adam Johnson, Brandon Goodwin, Chase Baron and Hampton all made their penalty kicks to give Sikeston the win.
Hampton clinched the game after knocking away a potential, game-winning goal for Cape Central and turned into an offensive player right after to hit the back of the net for the deciding goal. Hampton made his third PK save of the night to seal the deal.
Sikeston, who are 4-0 in SEMO Conference play and chasing their first-ever conference championship, have two games left on their schedule and are off until Oct. 22.
Bernie 25-25, Dexter 19-23
BELL CITY -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats pursuit of the Stoddard County Activities Association tournament championship came to an end on Thursday when the Bernie Lady Mules pulled off a two-set sweep, 25-19, 25-23.
Hannah Noe led the Lady Bearcats effort with nine kills with Paige Patterson and Shyann Jines contributing five and three kills respectively. Patterson Noe tied for the team lead in digs with nine each while Jines and Julia Hahn both had eight.
Alyssa Spear had a team-high 12 assists while adding a kill, an ace and six digs to Dexter's cause.