Despite the win, head coach Josh Nichols wasn’t real pleased with the product on the field against the Panthers.
“It was nice to get a win, but we played poorly,” he said. “Our concentration and intensity just weren’t there. It was something you could see in warmups.”
Despite not being sharp early, the Wildcats did jump ahead of the Panthers 1-0 on a goal by T.C. Butts off an assist from Cole Davis.
After Trigg County added another goal before halftime, Russellville (3-5-2) scored on a junk goal in front to cut the lead to 2-1.
Trigg County put the game away in the second half when A.J. Bridges scored off a loose corner kick in front of the net.
The Wildcats improved their record to 3-7-3 on the season, which has Nichols clamoring for more consistent play from his squad.
“We have developed a disturbing tendency to play up or down to our competition instead of giving a good consistent effort every night,” he said.
Trigg County returns to action Thursday at home against Hopkins Central, a team they tied 2-2 back on Sept. 12.
The Wildcats will play their final regular season home game Monday against Russellville, with the seniors to be honored before the game.
Trigg County 0
Caldwell County 0
Goals were tough to come by as the Wildcats and Caldwell County played to a scoreless tie Sept. 20 in Princeton.
It was only the third time Trigg has played a 0-0 game and the first in ten years, with Caldwell County also the opponent in the last scoreless tie.
“It was a very physical game, and I was happy that we matched their intensity and never took a step back,” Nichols said.
Caldwell County held an 18-10 advantage in shots, with Wildcat goalie Kirk Garner making seven saves in goal.
“Everyone played well, and this was one of our best team efforts of the season,” Nichols said, adding “A.J. Bridges had as good a game as I have seen a high school player play. I don’t think he lost a battle for the ball all night.”
The Wildcats had to play most of the second half without T.C. Butts, who suffered a rib injury in a collision with Tiger goalie Austin Adams.
That came on the heels of news that freshman Sam Reed will likely miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his knee. Reed is the third freshman starter lost for the season due to injury.
The tie means that Lyon County has clinched the top seed in the Fourth District Soccer Tournament, which will be held at Trigg County.
The Wildcats and Tigers will meet for a third time in the first round game.
Caldwell County won the J.V. game 1-0.
Lyon County 4
Trigg County 1
Michael Kinnis recorded the hat trick as Lyon County notched their ninth consecutive win over Trigg County, a 4-1 victory Sept. 19 at the Complex.
Kinnis’ scored two goals four minutes apart in the first half before Trigg answered when Nick Woodruff scored off an assist from Brent Wietting to cut the lead to 2-1.
The game stayed close until the final five minutes when Trigg County pushed more players into their end of the field to force the offense, and Lyon County scored twice to seal the win.
Rocky White and Kinnis added the late goals for Lyon County, who improved to 5-5-1.
“I felt like we deserved better for our effort, but we had to push forward at the end to try to get the tie or win. That left us vulnerable in the back,” Nichols said.
Lyon County also won the J.V. game 7-0.