Ball helps Tigers roll past Tilghman

Caldwell County’s Haiden Ball readies a strike against Paducah Tilghman during Tuesday night’s 6-1 win over the Tornado. Ball tallied a trio of goals to help the Tigers to their fourth win of the season.

The Caldwell County Tigers rolled past Paducah Tilghman in a 6-1 win last Tuesday night at Butler Stadium.

Tilghman’s defense managed to hold the Tiger offense until around the 23-minute mark. After multiple saved shot attempts, Haiden Ball put the first Tiger goal in the net on a pass from Blake Vivrette. Tilghman’s Nathaniel Skinner nearly tied the game 1-1 with just 5 minutes until the half after Caldwell goalie Corbin Nichols deflected a shot that landed back in front of the goal, but Christian Jones and Timothy Nichols deflected the shot.

Ball scored his second goal of the night just two minutes before the half time break on a penalty kick due to Tilghman foul in the box making it 2-0.

Tilghman struck just seconds into the second half with Skinner finally catching a break from the Caldwell defense to trim the Tigers lead 2-1.

Vivrette, who also kicks for Caldwell County’s football team, showed his distance skill, landing a long shot into the goal on a direct kick putting the Tigers up, 3-1.

Nichols kept the score at 3-1 fending off a direct kick from Tilghman just a minute later. Tilghman only managed nine shots at the goal all night.

Nichols saved six of those, three were no good, and only one was allowed.

On the other hand, the Tornado goal was busy. The Tigers had 21 shot attempts for the night with 15 of them coming in the second half. Caldwell had 3 direct kick attempts in less than 10 minutes but all were either saved by Tornado goalkeeper Blaine Oliver or kicked out by Tornado defense. Oliver had 9 saves for the night.

Around 55 minutes into the game, Chase Lantrip found Ball in the right corner of the net. Ball shot into the opposite corner behind Oliver to add to the Tigers 4-1 lead.

Grayden Miller finished Tilghman off with back-to-back goals in the final two minutes of the game on assists from Tyler Linton and Weston Phelps, giving the Tigers their 4th win of the season, 6-1.