Trigg County has won just once in four district games on their home field, with the latest loss coming to Caldwell County Oct. 10 at the Complex.
The Tigers broke open a 1-1 game in the second half with a controversial goal and went on to the 3-1 win to advance to the championship game.
The goal in question came with 25 minutes left when Caldwell’s Jacob Edwards blooped a shot toward the goal. Wildcat goalie Kirk Garner caught the ball, then stumbled over the goal line and used the post to catch his balance. The official ruled Garner had crossed the goal-line, and Caldwell was credited the goal.
“I was unhappy with the call, but I was not in the best position to see it. It would have done no good to argue it,” said Wildcat head coach Josh Nichols, who had already picked up a yellow card toward the end of the first half for comments directed toward an official following a no-call.
“There wasn’t a lot of consistency. If there was contact, we got the foul.”
With the Wildcats trailing in the waning minutes of the game, Caldwell added the clinching goal with ten minutes left when Jake Pepper scored off an assist from Jordan Singleton.
Caldwell was the more aggressive team, especially at midfield, which aided in their 30-13 shot advantage on the night.
“I was disappointed that Caldwell won the ball too much at midfield. Once the adrenaline went away, we seemed to crash and didn’t win anything,” Nichols said. “We had some quality looks. A couple of shots hit the posts, but we couldn’t finish, which has been a problem for us this year.”
Pepper staked Caldwell to a 1-0 lead 14 minutes into the contest.
Trigg County answered when Nick Woodruff scored his 10th goal of the season ten minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.
Garner made 12 saves for the Wildcats, who saw their season end with a 4-9-4 record.
Caldwell County now owns a 20-12-1 record against Trigg County, who last beat Caldwell in the 2002 district tournament. The Tigers have won eight of the nine meetings since then with the other ending in a scoreless tie earlier this season.
“Once the district tournament rolled around, we were playing better, and I thought we would play them well. If the ball bounces a little differently, we would have won,” Nichols said.
Caldwell (6-9-3) lost to Lyon County 3-2 in Tuesday’s championship game. Lyon improved to 8-6-2 with the win.