After three straight shutout losses to begin the season, Head Coach Dana Bush has shuffled her lineup some to balance the offense and defense.
The result has been better play at both ends of field, which has kept the Lady Wildcats within striking distance in the second half.
Trigg County lost at Union County 4-1 Aug. 31 and dropped a 4-2 decision to Crittenden County Sept.2.
"I’m proud of the girls. They are looking better on the field despite our low numbers on the bench," Bush said.
The coach has moved Molly Walters and Kendra Goforth back on defense more to assist goalie Megan Francis.
"Megan did a great job against Crittenden, and you can see the team growing defensively with the leadership Molly and Kendra are showing on the field," Bush said.
Trigg County fell behind 2-0 in their game against Crittenden County and saw their chances of winning leave when the Lady Rockets scored an insurance goal inside the game’s final two minutes.
Ali Shewcraft opened the game for Crittenden with a goal just minutes after play started.
The Lady Rockets had several chances to add to their lead midway through the first half but saw three shots fail to reach the net. One hit the post, another sailed high, and Goforth kicked away a shot destined for the goal.
There would be no other scoring threats until late in the half when a Crittenden shot sailed wide of the goal.
Melissa Kirk scored the first of her two goals for Crittenden just seconds into the second half when her floater from 25 yards away found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Shaundra Finley took a pass from Lindsey Darnall and got Trigg County on the board with 31:37 left in the game to cut the Crittenden lead to 2-1.
Crittenden answered four minutes later when Elizabeth Guess scored off a well-executed corner kick to give the Lady Rockets a 3-1 lead.
Francis stopped a penalty kick at the 23:00mark of the second half to preserve the two goal deficit for the Lady Wildcats. She made six saves on the night.
Kelsey Hill brought Trigg to within a goal at 3-2when her floater from 30feet found the net with 7:55 left in the game.
Kirk sealed the game with a breakaway goal when she got behind the Lady Wildcat defense and scored in the game’s final minutes.
Crittenden County (1-0-2) outshot Trigg 26-10,with Lady Rocket goalie ShaDonn Clark making three saves.
The loss dropped Trigg County to 0-5 and 0-1 in district play.
The J.V. team won their second straight game with a 6-0 shutout of the Lady Rockets.
Laykn Brooks scored three goals, while Brooklyn Thomas, Amelia Futrell, and Brooke Allen each scored a goal.
Ellie Jolly picked up the win in goal for the Lady Wildcats (2-3).
Trigg County has a pair of district games next week, playing at Caldwell County Monday and hosting Dawson Springs Tuesday.
Union County 4
Trigg County 1
Lindsey Darnall, playing with a broken wrist wrapped in a soft cast, scored Trigg County’s first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Wildcats fell to the Bravettes 4-1 in Morganfield Aug. 31.
Trigg County was outshot 16-6 in the contest.
"We played much better (tonight). They spread the field better and that made passing a lot easier," Bush said.
Trigg also won the J.V. game 4-3 as Laykn Brooks scored twice, and Hanna Oliver and Amelia Futrell each scored once.