Trigg County’s girls soccer team notched a 2-1 victory over Paducah Tilghman in Monday’s season-opener at the Trigg County Recreation Complex. However, the Lady Wildcats struggled in the second half, and the Blue Tornado had multiple chances to force a different outcome.
“It tastes sweet and sour at the same time,” Trigg’s first-year head coach Lara said. “I’m glad we won, but we didn’t win the way I wanted to win.”
Trigg got on the board first in the 10th minute when freshman Carly Dothsuk knocked in a rebound from a scoring chance by senior Brooklyn Thomas. Within the next four minutes, Tilghman had generated two good shots, one by Eliza Clark that went off the crossbar and another by Kaitlyn Curry that was saved point blank by Lady ‘Cat goalkeeper Katie Davis.
“You can have the best player out there on the field, but if your goalie gives you a decent game, that boosts everybody,” Lara said. “She was the player of the game.”
In the 18th minute, sophomore midfielder Lauren Frazier earned a corner kick, and her ensuing shot found senior defender Ellie Jolly in front of the net to put Trigg ahead 2-0.
From there, the field began to slant in Tilghman’s favor, and Curry got the Tornado on the board, scoring with less than a minute left in the first half.
In the second half, Tilghman increased the intensity and found some early scoring opportunities. The best chances came in the 13th minute when Clark’s free kick from 10 yards back of the goal box was stopped by Davis, and Courtney Hawkins’ missed breakaway in the 36th minute.
“We won the first half, but the second half, basically we lost it,” Lara said. “In my book, we didn’t win the game overall. We had them 2-0, we were cocky, we acted like we had won the game already. Then, they got in our heads. It was physical, and whether the refs missed it or not doesn’t matter. I know it’s hard, but our players have got to let it go.”
Lara said the Lady ‘Cats lost mental focus midway through the game and never fully recovered.
“We were playing out of position,” Lara said. “We were on top of each other. There was a lot of open space that nobody was covering. That’s why we almost lost the game. We have to work on staying in position and communicating.”
Trigg was outshot in the contest 14-11, and Davis finished the night with seven saves.
The Lady ‘Cats return to action Thursday at Dawson Springs, Saturday at St. Mary and Monday against Calloway County at the complex.
JV: Lauren Frazier scored an early goal for Trigg’s junior varsity team Monday, but Tilghman then went on a tear and won 9-1.