Caldwell County’s girls dropped a 5-1 decision to a strong Marshall County squad in the Lady Tigers’ first preseason soccer scrimmage on Thursday at Butler Stadium. But new Caldwell head coach Rhett Miller was happy with his team’s effort in its initial outing against a storied Lady Marshal program.
“You’re talking about a team that lost in overtime in PKs in sectionals last year and lost (only) two seniors,” said Miller. “And you contrast that to our team, which didn’t have a coach until two weeks ago. I can’t saying anything except that I’m excited. If we can play a team of that caliber, as raw as we are right now, the way we played right there. Don’t look at the score, because the score doesn’t show us what the game is. If we can play that type of team with that kind of play, then we have a lot of things going for us and I’m excited about that.”
Caldwell’s only goal of the night came on a penalty kick from Laney Fletcher with just under 10 minutes left in the scrimmage tilt. The Lady Tigers’ misfired on another PK earlier in the contest.
But Caldwell’s overall effort drew praise from its head coach.
“I’m extremely pleased. The way that we passed and moved the ball — Marshall County didn’t expect that out of us just then,” Miller noted. “They didn’t have any idea that we would come out and be that physical and be that tough.
“We had two things that impressed the most. Number one is we moved off the ball. Two, we forced our defense up. And that’s something we have to work on — it’s something different that we’re really not used to, and we did it.
“We got better as the game went on. That’s all a coach wants, is to get better.”
Marshall also won Thursday’s junior varsity scrimmage, taking that tilt by a 2-0 score.
Caldwell will play its final preseason contest next Thursday, Aug. 9, when it travels to Muhlenberg County.
The Lady Tigers will open the regular season at home on Monday, Aug. 13, against Murray.
The Caldwell County soccer teams will be previewed in a special section in The Times Leader next Saturday, Aug. 11.