“Between the lines, we did a great job,” Jarrett said. “Of course there’s things we need to improve on.”
Hopkinsville’s Bennett Peck scored 1:30 into the contest, and the Lady Tigers connected four more times, including a penalty kick after Trigg was called for a hand ball inside the goal box.
Hopkinsville controlled much of the action, but Trigg was able to create several scoring chances.
“Our strategy was to have more people back and try to keep it close and move more people up in the second half,” Jarrett said. “It just didn’t work out that way. We couldn’t hold them enough.”
Trigg also had to deal with a number of injuries. Millie Futrell went down with a leg injury early in the first half, Ashley Weigand had a similar injury in the second half, and Lauren Frazier fought through knee problems for much of the night before sitting down with about 20 minutes left.
“Millie is tough, so it had to be a real blow to take her out,” Jarrett said. “Ashley, you could look at her leg and see she was hurt pretty bad. Lauren knows she contributes to the team, so she wants to be out there the majority of the time. She also has to realize she’s a freshman and she’s got three more years to play, so she can’t kill herself now. That’s why we didn’t put her back out there, and so other people could get some time.”
Jarrett pointed to experience as the difference between the two teams’ playing levels at this point in the year.
“Hoptown has 18 of their 20 kids playing club in the offseason,” Jarrett said. “We have four or five. They’re playing year-round, and that’s something we as a team and a county need to improve on. They do a good job with youth, but we’ve got to travel more and go to more tournaments.”
Monday’s loss came after Thursday’s 5-1 defeat against Caldwell County in the 4th District Tournament at Crittenden County.
Trigg was also bitten by early goals in that contest as Mikayla White had a hat trick within the first 20 minutes. Frazier tallied the only Lady Wildcat goal 15 minutes into the second half.
Jarrett said his team entered the contest confident they could play with the top-seed Lady Tigers.
“We should expect to get here,” Jarrett said. “If you come in just happy to be here, you’re letting yourself down. We’re getting better, and we’ve shown that the program is getting better,”
Jarrett said the team’s seven seniors deserve credit and appreciation for being part of the group that might be able to say it was at Trigg when the girls soccer program finally turned the corner.
“Our seniors played hard all year, and I really appreciate them,” Jarrett said. “I think we’ve got a lot to look forward to next year. They thought they could play with Caldwell and Hoptown. Those are both really good programs. We should have kept it closer, and maybe that’s my fault for not playing a different formation. They need to keep their heads high because they’ve done a really good job.”