Lady Wildcats claim first-ever soccer win
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A monkey with a weight that equals Mia Hamm’s popularity was lifted from the shoulders of the Lady Wildcat soccer program last week as Trigg County won their first ever varsity match.

The 8-0 win Aug. 25 over Todd County at the Complex ended a 27-game non-winning streak that dated back to Trigg’s first season of soccer in 2002. The Lady Wildcats did not field a varsity team in 2003.

“We played as a team, and they decided about 15 minutes into the game that they wanted to win the game,” Lady Wildcat head coach Dana Bush said.

Trigg County was 0-13 last year and 0-12 in 2002 but has erased the goose egg from their record, which didn’t come as a surprise to Bush.

“We have consistently played to the level of our competition and knew it was a matter of time before we broke through,” she said.

Six different players scored for the Lady Wildcats, who doubled their goal total from all of last year in just one game.

Molly Walters, Laykn Brooks, and Kendra Goforth each scored to give Trigg County a 3-0 lead.

Lindsay Darnall and Abigail Torian each scored in the second half, and Amanda Simmons recorded the second hat trick in school history to finish out the scoring.

Goalie Megan Francis picked up the win by making just one save as the Lady Wildcats outshot the Lady Rebels 27-2.

“They needed that win so much,” Bush said. “They needed a win early heading into the tough part of our schedule. It’s a major confidence booster.”

Todd County, which is playing their first season of varsity soccer, fell to 0-4 with the loss.

The win came 12 years and a day after the boys’ team recorded their first-ever win, a 3-1 win over Christian County on Aug. 24, 1993 at Perdue Field.

The Lady Wildcats narrowly missed their first win in a 1-1 tie with Union County Aug. 23 at the Complex.

The tie ended Trigg’s 26-game losing streak and was their first tie in school history.

Amanda Simmons punched in a rebound with 9:40 left in the game to knot the score at one, although Trigg had several other chances to score.

Trigg County outshot Union 22-13, including a 13-8 advantage in the second half but couldn’t poke the ball into the net.

Megan Francis had eight saves in goal, but none were bigger than her save of an Alex Parris shot on a breakaway with just over a minute remaining in the game. Parris had put Union County on the board at the nine-minute mark of the first half.

“We just couldn’t finish. We have to work more at finishing the shot,” Bush said, adding that the Lady Wildcats still need to be more aggressive in certain aspects of the game.

“This is an aggressive game, and we have to learn to be aggressive right back. I’ll take the tie, but we can play better.”

Trigg County also won the J.V. game 3-1. Abigail Torian, Taylor Davis, and Laykn Brooks each scored goals for the Lady Wildcats.

Trigg County travels to Crittenden County Thursday for a 7 p.m. game with the Lady Rockets in Marion. Their next home game is Sept. 8 against University Heights.
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