Wildcats get first soccer win
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Trigg County has gone from famine to feast on the soccer pitch, scoring eight goals in two games, including four in a 4-1 win over Hopkins Central Saturday at the Complex.

The victory was Trigg’s first after three straight losses to start the season.

"We were due for one, that’s for sure," Wildcat Head Coach Josh Nichols said about the win.

Nick Woodruff scored his first career hat trick as the Wildcats broke open a 1-1 halftime tie with three second half goals.

Woodruff got Trigg County on the board with a tally just four minutes into the game.

Hopkins Central (1-4) countered with a goal towards the end of the half.

Bradley Darnall netted his second goal of the season in the second half, and Woodruff scored Trigg’s final two goals to seal their first win of the year.

Trigg County outshot Hopkins Central 14-7, with junior Brent Weitting picking up the win in goal.

"He did a good job for his first game in goal. He’s the best punter we have in goal, and it was big for us at times," Nichols said.

Nichols credits the season-best defensive effort to moving A.J. Bridges to sweeper on defense.

"We needed his speed in the back, and he did an incredible job," Nichols said of the freshman.

That move allowed Nichols to move Jacob Wadlington to his more familiar role near midfield as a stopper.

"He’s more comfortable there, and he won us some balls at midfield," Nichols said, adding that Grayson Taylor also played well on defense for the Wildcats.

Trigg County also won the J.V. game 2-0 behind goals by Roman Cail and Trevor Harper. Jamus McAtee got the shutout in goal for the Wildcats, now 1-1.

The Wildcats return to action Tuesday in a district contest at Caldwell County before a 9-day layoff in the schedule.

The original schedule had the Wildcats playing Christian Fellowship Thursday but the small Marshall County school cancelled their season just a couple of weeks before the start of the season due to a lack of players.

Trigg County’s Aug. 23 game with Fort Campbell that was postponed due to weather has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Hickman County 8

Trigg County 4

The Wildcats scored four goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons had two players record hat tricks in their 8-4 win Aug. 31 in Clinton.

Michael Beck and Michael Grooms each scored three times, while Christopher Mullins had five assists for Hickman County (2-1).

"That was our worst game of the year. We didn’t do much, and it showed," Nichols said.

Grooms scored the first two goals of the game, before Trigg County answered on a goal by Nick Woodruff, Trigg’s first points of the season.

Beck scored the next two goals for Hickman County to extend their lead to 4-1.

A.J. Bridges took a pass from Jeremy Reed and found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Beck finished out his first half hat trick to give Hickman a 5-2 lead at halftime.

Shaun Hobbs opened the second half with two goals, and Grooms scored once to extend the Hickman lead to 8-2.

The Wildcats rounded out the scoring when Brent Wietting fed Bradley Darnall on a goal, and Bridges tallied his second goal of the game off an assist from Woodruff.

Hickman County outshot the Wildcats 32-19, with freshman Troy Nickson making 11 saves in his first game as goalie for the Wildcats.

The four goals scored in the loss equals to most for the Wildcats, who also accomplished the feat in 2000 and again last year.
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