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Turner nets 2 goals, Knights reach title match

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Farmington established an offensive spark early in a Class 3, District 1 semifinal soccer match on Tuesday after a mistake created a 1-0 Sikeston advantage during the first five minutes.

Sophomore Jade Davis cut into the box for the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs and tried crossing the ball, but defender Erin Coleman unintentionally deflected the pass into her own goal just 4:12 into the contest on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Knights immediately increased their offensive intensity to even the score, and eventually captured the lead to secure a 2-1 victory.

They lost to the Lady Bulldogs 2-1 in their previous matchup this season, and will face host Cape Central for the championship on Thursday.

Sophie Boyer, who frequently worked to create open chances in the middle for Farmington (5-10), was knocked down in the box while battling to control a sideline throw just three minutes after falling behind 1-0.

Riley Turner launched the resulting penalty kick past the right side of goalkeeper Kylie Noe to square the score. Turner netted the go-ahead goal early in the second half to claim a 2-1 edge.

Sikeston forwards Emma Jones and Kylie Lossing offered constant pressure against the Knights while facing a 1-1 tie, but senior defender Alyson Tucker staunchly protected the goal to prevent any easy scoring opportunities.

Jones delivered a flip throw from the sideline to connect with teammate Mackenzie Yant inside of the box midway through the first half, but goalkeeper Rachel Turner dived to her left and smothered her first save.

Rachel Turner recorded seven saves against 12 Sikeston shot attempts. Noe saved four while Farmington shot nine times.

Emily Greif landed multiple throws from the sideline in close for the Knights, but they struggled to produce clean looks at the goal from a crowded box.

Rachel Turner narrowly prevented a potential goal for the Bulldogs by sliding to cut off a wide-open Lossing after a precise throw created a momentarily uncontested path to the goal with 6:30 to play in the first half.

Farmington notched the first two corner chances during the last 60 seconds of the first half, but failed to generate a quality shot as the score remained even heading into the break.

Sikeston dominated possession time early in the second half to tally three of its four corner opportunities during the first 10 minutes.

However, Boyer fired an accurate pass to Riley Turner, who shielded off a defender on her hip just long enough to propel a shot from about 20 yards out and claim a 2-1 edge with 35:20 on the clock.

The Lady Bulldogs kept an aggressive tempo offensively to produce seven shots in the second half, but were forced to take tough angles against a stingy back row.

Yant consistently worked the outside edge of the defense to deliver crosses into the box for Sikeston. She had a free kick from about 26 yards tipped out of play by a leaping Rachel Turner with 25 minutes remaining, and another shot ricocheted off the crossbar moments later.

Sikeston senior defender Lyndsey McClendon received the first yellow card with 18:40 to play after colliding with Riley Turner in the air on a sideline throw. Jones was handed the only other card with eight seconds on the clock after aggressively trying to control a deep goal kick on a late scoring push.

The Lady Bulldogs moved its defense up during the last 10 minutes of action, but could not connect on lengthy crosses as Farmington stood tall.

Farmington senior Alyson Tucker (15) collides in the air with Sikeston junior Emma Jones (8) during the first half of a Class 3, District 1 semifinal match at Cape Central on Tuesday.

Farmington senior Alyson Tucker (15) collides in the air with Sikeston junior Emma Jones (8) during the first half of a Class 3, District 1 semifinal match at Cape Central on Tuesday.

Farmington junior Riley Turner scores on a free kick to tie the game 1-1 early in the first half of a Class 3, District 1 semifinal match against Sikeston on Tuesday at Cape Central.

Farmington junior Riley Turner scores on a free kick to tie the game 1-1 early in the first half of a Class 3, District 1 semifinal match against Sikeston on Tuesday at Cape Central.

Farmington junior Sophie Boyer (left) and Sikeston senior Annie Ensor (3) each attempt to head a ball during the first half of a Class 3, District 1 semifinal game at Cape Central on Tuesday.

Farmington junior Sophie Boyer (left) and Sikeston senior Annie Ensor (3) each attempt to head a ball during the first half of a Class 3, District 1 semifinal game at Cape Central on Tuesday.

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