And despite a 9-0 loss on the scoreboard to Lyon County, the second-year soccer coach was pleased with part of what he saw last Thursday in Eddyville.
"I was proud of our effort. Last year it was 12-0, and we looked much better against them than we did last season. And we played 100-percent better than we did in our scrimmage against Franklin-Simpson," Nichols said.
Lyon County, which has won seven straight games over the Wildcats dating back to 2001, defeated the Wildcats 12-0 in their only meeting last year.
"Lyon County is the class of the region, and I think they will do that to a lot of teams," the coach said.
Zach Gresham scored four goals for Lyon County (2-0), drawing him to within nine of tying the school’s career scoring mark.
Gresham began his scoring binge four minutes into the game and added another goal in the 23rd minute.
He completed his first half hat trick just before the whistle for a 5-0 Lyon County lead at intermission.
Trigg County managed just three shots on goal against the Lyons, one each by T.C. Butts, Nick Woodruff, and A.J. Bridges.
Kirk Garner saw plenty of action in his first game in goal for the Wildcats, stopping 25 of the 34 shots he saw. Nichols called his performance a "pleasant surprise."
"Jacob Wadlington had a fairly strong game at sweeper, and Greyson Taylor also played well on defense," Nichols said.
Trigg County traveled to Calloway County (1-1) Saturday and lost 9-0 to the Lakers.
The Wildcats did manage more offense than in their previous two games, firing nine shots at the Lakers including two each by Nick Woodruff and Jeremy Reed.
But Calloway County was better able to get going in the rainy weather, scoring six times in the first half and three more in the second half.
Kirk Garner made 14 saves for the Wildcats in goal.
Calloway County also won the J.V. game 8-1, with the Wildcats getting a goal from John Reinick.