The Wildcats rallied to make things close in the second half, but couldn’t muster enough offense as they were outshot 20-9 by the Tigers.
Both teams sparkled on defense early before a handball call on Trigg County in the Caldwell County box gave the Tigers a penalty kick opportunity with 12 minutes left in the half.
"For the first 27 minutes of the game, we played well and were getting some good opportunities," said Wildcat Head Coach Josh Nichols. "They converted the PK and score three more goals. Our guys just got their heads down, and we let our intensity lapse."
Kyle Winn banged home the shot for the game’s first goal, which began a Tiger barrage that saw them score three more times.
Kinsley Bell scored three minutes later to make the score 2-0 Caldwell County before Josh Morris scored the next two goals for the Tigers for a 4-0 halftime cushion.
Trigg County dented the scoreboard in the second half when Nick Woodruff knocked home a missed shot six minutes in to cut the Tiger lead to 4-1.
After Caldwell County answered with another goal, Nick Woodruff cut the lead to 5-2 with 21 minutes left. The second half goals came from assists from Bradley Darnall. Nichols said the tandem is starting to become a solid offensive threat for the Wildcats.
"Nick was exceptional, working very hard and recording another hat trick. Nick and Bradley are beginning to combine with each other and create some very nice scoring plays," he said.
Woodruff added his eighth goal of the season and third of the game with seven minutes left to cut the lead to 5-3, but Trigg wouldn’t score again.
"I was very happy with our effort, other than that 12 minute stretch. I was also happy with the way they came out in the second half and took it to Caldwell. It was a very physical and emotional game and I was happy our guys were able to step up and meet the challenge," Nichols said.
Brent Wietting made 16 saves in goal as he continues to learn the position after making the switch earlier this season.
"Brent was pretty good in goal, but he made a couple of positioning mistakes on two of their goals. Mistakes of this kind are to be expected with as little time as Brent has had in the goal," Nichols commented.
Nichols was also high on the play of Jacob Wadlington, saying "Jacob had a strong match at stopper, breaking up their attack and distributing to our midfielders and forwards."
Andrew Crowell made four saves for the Tigers, who improved to 7-1-1 with the win, equaling their best start in school history.
Trigg County fell to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in district play.
The Wildcats will host Russellville Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Complex.
Caldwell County won the J.V. game 4-0, aided by a hat trick from Clint Sivells.
FREE KICKS – Caldwell County leads the all-time soccer series with Trigg County 16-12-1, including a 6-5-1 record in Princeton…The Tigers have won the last four games in the series dating back to last year when they snapped a seven-game Trigg winning streak…Nick Woodruff has eight goals off of 23 shots (34%)…Bradley Darnall leads the team in assists with three…In two games in goal, Brent Wietting has saved 25 of the 312 shots he’s seen for a save percentage of 80.6%. The school record is 84.3% by Josh Adams in 2001…As a team, Trigg’s goalies have saved 70% of the shots they’ve seen fired at them…Through six games, Woodruff and A.J. Bridges have played in every minute of every Wildcat game…Trigg County’s game with Russellville Thursday will be the first meeting between the schools in seven years. The Wildcats beat the Panthers 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 9, 1997 and lead the all-time series 4-3-1…Trigg County will play Fort Campbell Monday on post in a make-up game from Aug. 23 that was cancelled due to bad weather.