Wildcats lose first match of 2009
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
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HOPKINSVILLE – Trigg County lost its first match of the season Saturday at University Heights Academy. Monday, the Wildcats took out their frustrations on Lyon County.

Trigg lost 2-1 to the Blazers before blanking the Lyons 10-0.

Saturday’s game at UHA was played in similar fashion to Trigg’s 2-1 win Sept. 17 over the Blazers. In both games, UHA led 1-0 at halftime.

“I told them at halftime that it was basically the same game as last time,” Trigg head coach Josh Nichols said. “We didn’t play bad or great, and we’re capable of a lot better.”

A goal by Andrew Burman put UHA ahead 2-0 under five minutes into the second half. From there, like on Sept. 17, Trigg controlled most of the second half action.

Two minutes after UHA’s second goal, Trigg forward Devon Wharton was just a step behind on a chance in front of the net, and his momentum carried him into a collision with Blazer goalkeeper Lynn Adams, who was taken from the field by ambulance about 30 minutes later.

With backup keeper Tory Willig in net, Trigg could only manage one goal, a score by Jared Stallons on an assist by Wharton in the 58th minute.

“We missed some chances like last time, but it didn’t bite us last time,” Nichols said. “This time, it did.”

Despite the loss, Trigg is still in the thick of a 2nd Region race that includes several teams, Nichols said.

“It’s not the worst thing in the world,” Nichols said. “Maybe it will take some pressure off and we can come back ready for a big week. I think the region is wide open. There’s probably five or six teams that can lay claim to it. Not a whole lot is going to change the rest of the year if everyone stays healthy. I think we’re right where we want to be.”

Monday, Trigg controlled its match at Lyon County from beginning to end.

Jared Stallons had five goals, Jeremy Butts had three and Blaine Alexander and Romaine Cunningham each scored one. Joel Ben Thomas had four assists and Stallons had one.

The Wildcats played most of the game with only two substitutes. Colten Bridges, who played Saturday at UHA, reinjured his ankle, and Wharton was out with an illness.

“We subbed a lot, but most of the starters still played a lot due to only having two subs,” Nichols said. “We still missed some chances continuing what we saw on Saturday, but the passing and energy were better than vs. UHA. I would have liked to get some guys some rest, but it didn’t work out with a short bench.”

Trigg lost the JV game 5-2.

Last Tuesday, Trigg won 2-0 at district foe Dawson Springs.

“We played well in the first half, but got a little sloppy in the second,” Nichols said. “[Dawson] packed nine guys into their defense and just stayed back and made it difficult to score.”

Joel Ben Thomas and Alexander each scored unassisted for Trigg.

It was the first time Dawson Springs had been shut out this season.

The JV Wildcats got their first win of the season 2-0 on goals by Clark Adams and Primal Patel.

“They have shown dramatic improvement over the last couple of weeks, and Coach Sweno is proud of their progress,” Nichols said.

Trigg was set to play Tuesday at Hopkinsville (results unavailable at press time) before matches Thursday at Christian County, Saturday at home against Caldwell County (match was originally scheduled for last Thursday but postponed due to rain) and Monday at home against Hopkins County Central.
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