Three days after getting out to a slow start in a 4-1 semifinal win over Lyon County, the Wildcats failed to match the Tigers’ intensity.
Trigg head coach Josh Nichols said he felt good about his team’s approach and thought they’d be ready to play Thursday.
“I was wrong,” Nichols said. “I’m embarrassed with our effort, and I think our kids are embarrassed. We didn’t show up, and that goes on me as well as the kids. As a team, we didn’t come prepared. We saw shades of that [against Lyon County], and luckily the competition wasn’t at the same level and we were able to recover. Tonight, we weren’t able to recover.”
Jesse Sherill scored in the 15th minute to put Caldwell ahead, and Aaron Laurent found the net less than a minute later.
“We got our heads down early, and they didn’t let up,” Nichols said. “We had some really good chances that just didn’t go. It all snowballed on us.”
Heavy rain last week left the field at Lee S. Jones Park muddy and with puddles in several areas, but Nichols stopped short of blaming the conditions for Trigg’s play.
“We didn’t follow anything close to what we talked about,” Nichols said. “We fell into some of the traps we talked about not falling into. We didn’t execute the things we talked about doing. More than anything else, it was effort and not keeping our head.”
By advancing to the district final, Trigg automatically qualified for the 2nd Region Tournament and was set to play 3rd District champ and region tourney host Fort Campbell on Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time.