Hunter Thomas scored on an assist by Landon Adcock at 9:10 of the first half to put the Lyons (0-12-2) ahead 1-0. Trigg (11-3-4) had a plethora of scoring chances throughout the night but didn’t capitalize for the first time until 30:30 when Joel Ben Thomas banged in a goal off the right post.
Jeremy Butts scored on an assist by Blaine Alexander 2:30 into the second half for the game-winning goal, and Thomas added two more for a hat trick.
Trigg head coach Josh Nichols talked to his players after the game about the need for more intensity during the postseason.
“Credit Lyon County for coming out and playing extremely hard,” Nichols said. “I’m sure the [10-0] score from the last time we were here was in the back of our guys’ minds. We didn’t come ready to play. They gave us a nice little wake-up call. Hopefully, we learned our lesson.”
Nichols said he was pleased with Trigg’s second-half performance.
“If we do that over 80 minutes, I’ve got no complaints,” Nichols said. “Any time you create chances, you can’t get too upset, but you don’t want to put any emphasis on it. That just makes the kids think about it more. We put enough in, and we’ll take that.”
A few Wildcats are fighting through injuries, and senior defender Ezra McNichols won’t play again after suffering a broken leg in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Caldwell County (10-5-1). The Tigers notched a 7-1 win Monday over Dawson Springs to set up a rematch with Trigg in Thursday’s district championship (5:30 p.m.).
Nichols said the team needs all it can get from each of the remaining available players.
“At this point, we hope we can get 80 minutes out of everybody,” Nichols said. “It does wear on us. We went through a tough stretch of several games in a short stretch of time, and we were beaten down by the end of it. Hopefully, we’ll get our legs back. Now, we’re in a situation with no more than two games a week, and I think we can handle that.”
Field conditions weren’t great Monday, and if the weather forecast for the rest of the week holds, the ‘Cats and Tigers will likely play in the mud Thursday.
“It changes the way the game will probably be played,” Nichols said. “There won’t be a lot of finesse, unfortunately. It doesn’t cater to what we want to do, but at the same time, Caldwell’s got a lot of speed, so they probably don’t want to see the mud either. It will be interesting.”
Lady Wildcats: Trigg’s girls soccer team was set to open the district tournament Tuesday against Lyon County after top-seed Caldwell played host Crittenden County. Results from those games were unavailable at press time.
The winners are set to play at 8 p.m. Thursday, potentially leaving time for fans at the boys’ final to make it to Marion for the girls championship.