The Caldwell County boys’ soccer team fell 10-2 Monday in a tough District 7 loss to visiting Madisonville-North Hopkins.
The game determined the top two seeds in the upcoming District 7 tournament, to be held at Hopkins Co. Central High School Oct. 12 and 14. The Maroons (5-2-1 overall, 2-0 in District 7 play) will be the top seed and get a first-round bye. Caldwell County (2-2-2, 1-1) will be the No. 2 seed and will face tournament host and No. 3 seed Hopkins Co. Central (3-5, 0-2) in the first round at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. The winner of that game will face MNHHS at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 for the championship.
Madisonville-North Hopkins came out in force on Monday, scoring three goals in the first 13 minutes before the Tigers responded.
Junior forward Blake Vivrette put home the first of his two penalty kicks with 21:54 remaining in the first half to put CCHS on the scoreboard.
The Maroons scored two more first-half goals to take a 5-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, Madisonville-North Hopkins scored again before Vivrette placed another penalty kick in the net with 26 minutes left in the game. The Maroons scored four more goals in the final 22 minutes.
Madisonville-North Hopkins was relentless on its end of the pitch, firing 38 shots — 25 of which were on goal — to CCHS’s nine, five of which were on goal. The Maroon offense set a variety of scoring plays near the goal, many of them coming from the flank and on rebounded shots in the mouth of the goal.
“They are a very good team — very consistent,” said CCHS head coach Tanner Reed. “Last year, they had 13 seniors, and their quality was showcased all over the state.
“Madisonville is a program that has been a good program for a very long time. They’ve got quality coaching, and tonight, they showed that they have quality players that play the game the right way. Whenever you have that combination of things, you’re going to see a lot of success.”
Despite the score, Reed saw a number of positives that his team showed on the field.
“Our first 10 minutes were great,” he said. “Toward the end of the first half, we were looking to connect. There was just a moment where we gave away too many easy goals. We didn’t make them work for the goals.
“They moved very well, but we lost track of their runners, and they had little tap-ins because we fell asleep on our defensive jobs, so I wish we could have made them work more for that.”
Reed said that Madisonville-North Hopkins coach Christakis Agisilaou agreed that in the first 10 minutes, it was still anybody’s game.
“You’re never out of a game until that last whistle blows,” Reed said. “Anything can happen, and I’ve just got to keep preaching to my guys to keep doing the right things and trust the process, and good things are going to come.”
On Saturday, the Tigers took a 0-0 tie against visiting St. Mary. Freshman goalkeeper Corbin Nichols turned away 14 saves in the game.
The CCHS boys’ soccer team visits Grayson County on Thursday before closing the regular season on Oct. 8 at Graves County.
The Caldwell County girls’ soccer team handled visiting St. Mary on Saturday, taking an 8-1 win.
Junior forward Reagan Hodge put in three goals for the Lady Tigers (4-2), while senior forward Kaylee McEnaney had two goals and two assists.
Senior fullback Hannah Young, junior forward Nevaeh Stoltenburg and freshman forward Keegan Miller each scored a goal for CCHS. Miller and Young each added an assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel McClung made four saves in the game. Sophomore forward Vanessa Becker had the Lady Vikings’ sole goal.
Caldwell County hosts Calloway County at 7 p.m. Thursday, then will travel to Madisonville-North Hopkins for a game to determine the top seed in the District 7 girls’ soccer tournament. Both teams are 1-0 in district play. The opening kick will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.