MAYFIELD – The Caldwell County boys’ and girls’ soccer teams each took hard 4-0 losses at Graves County on Thursday, and now look ahead to preparing for the District 7 tournament.
The girls’ district championship will be played Tuesday and Thursday at Hopkins Co. Central, which has the No. 3 seed.
The host Lady Storm (6-4 overall, 2-0 in District 7 play) will face No. 2 Madisonville-North Hopkins (3-4-1, 1-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of that game will take on top-seeded Caldwell County (6-4-1, 2-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday in the championship game.
At Graves County on Thursday, the Lady Tigers had trouble getting things going, taking only one shot in the first half and two in the second.
The host Lady Eagles took 25 shots — 12 on goal — that bolstered their win.
CCHS sophomore goalkeeper Rachel McClung had eight saves in the contest.
“One of the things that was really odd about this game was that our starting keeper (Karsyn Parker) was out, and Rachel did a good job, in the second half, especially,” said CCHS head coach Rhett Miller. “One of our center backs is also out, so the injuries have really plagued us here in the last two weeks.”
Miller said his team has time to prepare for the District 7 tournament championship game on Thursday.
“We have a full week to heal, we have a full week to recover and we have a full week to prepare,” he said. “It’s an exciting time, and we can use that time to prepare for the next game.”
• The boys’ district championship will be played Monday and Wednesday at Hopkins Co. Central, which has the No. 3 seed.
Caldwell County (3-3-1 overall, 1-1 in District 7 play), which has the No. 2 seed, will face Hopkins Co. Central (4-6-1, 0-2) at 6 p.m. Monday. The winner will advance to the championship game against top-seeded Madisonville-North Hopkins (8-3-1, 2-0) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, Caldwell County was able to take several shots – 14 overall and seven on goal – but host Graves County made 38 overall and 16 on goal for the 4-0 win.
Freshman goalkeeper Corbin Nichols made eight saves in the game.
The Tigers now prepare for the District 7 tournament semifinal on Monday against host Hopkins Co. Central.
“We came out flat-footed; we just looked like we didn’t want any part of this game,” said CCHS head coach Tanner Reed. “It boils down to me. I didn’t do a good job of preparing my team to get up for the occasion and get us ready to play.
“We’ve got to figure out who we are and who we want to be. We are guaranteed 80 more minutes of soccer in our season. I know – for me, as a player – that’s enough to keep me going through a broken leg, a broken arm, whatever I’ve got ailing me to play through. I’ve got to figure out what it takes for my team, and I’ve got to figure out how to lead them into the next 80 minutes.”