Kaya Newkirk scored five goals as the Cape Central Tigers won their district semifinal match against Sikeston on Monday at Farmington. The 8-0 victory propels the Tigers into the district championship match on Wednesday.
Newkirk scored the first of his five goals just two minutes into the contest. He would later add two more goals in the first half. Nate Albertson and Zach Moore also scored to give the Tigers a commanding 5-0 lead at halftime.
“We started the first half slow, but then picked it up in the second half when we started to utilize our outside midfields who were making good runs down the line,” Albertson explained.
Newkirk would score two more goals in the second half, and TK Ayers ended the match with a goal at the 67:35 mark to make it 8-0. Newkirk said a break in the schedule helped him fine-tune a few things. “We had around two weeks off, so I took that time to go to the fields by myself and just work on shooting,” he commented. “Sikeston’s center backs weren’t doing a great job of marking me, and the goalie didn’t come out too much, so those all played a factor in it (his five goals) as well. Also, my team did a good job of trying to find my feet or throw balls behind Sikeston’s defense, which is always nice when they’re able to accomplish that.”
Ayers said the effects of the break were evident. “It helped with our recovery and energy, but it made us a little rusty,” he admitted. “This game tonight helped us dust it off. Going into the next, and hopefully the game after, we know we have to be focused.”
Cape Central, now 15-5-1, will face North County, 3-1 winners over Farmington last night. The title tilt is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Farmington High School. The two teams have not met this season, a match being cancelled last week because of the weather. The Raiders are 13-6. The Tigers are looking for their first district title in more than a decade.
Ameritime Sports will be at the match providing updates and photos.