Ties, injuries the norm for soccer Wildcats
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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As beat up as Trigg County is right now, Josh Nichols will be glad to take any game that doesn’t end in a loss for his beleaguered Wildcat soccer team.

However, it does make one wonder if a pair of ties last week wouldn’t have been wins had the Wildcats fielded a healthy squad.

Trigg County recorded back-to-back 2-2 ties to see their season record stand at 2-6-2. It was the first time Trigg County had played in consecutive ties since 1995.

The Wildcats traveled to Hopkins Central Sept. 12 and came away with their first 2-2 tie of the week.

Trailing 1-0, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard when Brent Wietting nailed home a free kick from 30 yards to tie the game at 1-1.

Hopkins Central (3-7-1) added another goal before halftime to take a 2-1 lead into intermission.

The Wildcats were able to control the second half but only managed one goal.

“In the second half, we dominated play,” Nichols said of the Wildcats, who held a 16-4 shot advantage over the Storm in the period. “We have been getting the opportunities, but we just aren’t finishing.”

The Wildcats tie the game in the 73rd minute when A.J. Bridges beat three defenders and scored from close range to knot the game at 2-2.

After playing a pair of district games earlier this week, the Wildcats return to action Thursday at Russellville.

Hopkins Central won the J.V. game 6-0.

Trigg County 2

St. Mary 2

Brent Wietting scored on a free kick for the only goal in the second half, which helped the undermanned Wildcats tie St. Mary 2-2 Sept. 13 in Paducah.

St. Mary got on the board first on a goal by Eric Darnell 12 minutes into the game.

Nick Woodruff scored off a feed from A.J. Bridges to tie the game four minutes later to tie the game 1-1.

The Vikings (2-5-3) added another goal just before halftime from Matt Garrett.

Trigg County had several chances to forge ahead, outshooting the Vikings 23-12, but only managed Wietting’s goal in the second half for the tie.

Kirk Garner had eight saves in goal for the Wildcats.
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