Trigg County has lost all 25 games they have played at the varsity level, including a 0-13 mark last year.
Trigg didn’t field a varsity team in 2003 due to low numbers and the inability to compete at the varsity level.
The numbers problem is now a thing of the past, and head coach Dana Bush is ready to make losses a thing of the past also.
Trigg County returns seven starters and, like the boys’ team, have a large number of freshmen that will make an immediate impact on the team.
The Lady Wildcats have 16 players on their varsity roster and 18 on their J.V. roster. Bush now hopes the added numbers translate into added wins.
“We have more athletes on this team than we have in the past, and we also have a large freshman class that has helped our numbers. We now have depth that we haven’t had before,” Bush said.
The first noticeable difference should be on offense, where the Lady Wildcats only scored five goals by five different players last year. Three of those players return.
However, Bush can now switch players back to their normal position after being forced to mix and match last year.
Senior Molly Walters returns at a wing position and will be joined by freshman Kris Cruse – one of four freshmen in the starting lineup.
Senior Kelsey Hill also returns at a forward spot and is expected to be joined by senior Megan Burford and freshman Hanna Oliver.
Senior Amanda Simmons, who has returned to TCHS after a couple of years at Heritage Christian, and freshman Laykn Brooks give the Lady Wildcats an immediate offensive threat at midfield that they did not have last year.
“They are playing well together, and that will show up on the offensive side for us this year,” Bush said.
“We should be fairly decent on offense, but we need to turn it up some. We have more options to score than we have in the past.”
Defensively, Trigg County wasn’t blown out of many games – giving up four goals or less in nine of their 13 games.
Bush said she will likely move sophomore Shaundra Finley back to defender along with junior Lindsey Darnall, who may be moved into the offensive rotation some. Both Darnall and Finley scored goals last year.
Freshman Danni Romero will see plenty of time at sweeper, while senior Darlene Young will float among several positions, Bush said.
Senior Megan Francis returns in goal after a steady season last year that saw her defense in net keep Trigg County in several games.
Bush is hoping the experience and youth mesh effectively and at the right time when the opening ball is dropped.
“We have a lot of seniors with experience but have some talented underclassmen also,” she said, adding that eight players took part in club soccer over the summer to improve their game. “We’re playing better every day, and I think we will be competitive with every team on our schedule.”
Another area of improvement for the Lady Wildcats is the addition of assistant coach Gail Gibbs and former players Amanda Long and Lisa Choate to the coaching staff. Long and Choate will coach the junior varsity team.
“We get so much more done at practice now because we are more organized and can break the teams off into smaller groups,” Bush said.
Trigg County will again compete in the Fourth District with Lyon County, Caldwell County, Dawson Springs, and Crittenden County.
After seeing several of the teams over the summer at camp, Bush thinks the Lady Wildcats stack up well with their district competition.
“I think we will do well in our district. We played against nearly all of them at summer camp and stayed right with them. Our future looks bright, and I think this will be a breakout season for us.”