The Caldwell County High School girls soccer team won the District 7 regular-season championship on penalty kicks at Madisonville-North Hopkins, but struggled from that game forward, falling to MNH in the district tournament before being eliminated from the Second Region Tournament by Henderson County.
CCHS went 6-6-1 overall with a 2-0 mark in district play, and head coach Rhett Miller said the team had a good season, despite the schedule being affected by COVID-19 precautions.
The coach said that the 2020 schedule was tough by design.
“Our record really doesn’t show what kind of a season we had, because when it came time to having to cut teams, I cut the teams that I thought we’d beat pretty easily, and I kept all the teams that were going to be good competition,” he said. “Our record reflects a little bit different than what our season really was, but we wanted to play that good competition.”
Miller said that there are several teams in this area that have better records than the Lady Tigers finished with.
“But we beat the snot out of them when it came down to it because of the way they scheduled,” he said. “Hopkins Co. Central is a real good example of that. They’ve had good records in the last two or three years that I’ve been playing, but they only play the weak teams, and they play them twice.”
The Lady Storm finished the season with a record of 6-5, and outscored opponents in their wins by a combined score of 57-4 while being outscored in their losses 20-7.
Miller said there was a difference in play from the Lady Tigers when they played Madisonville-North Hopkins at the start of the season compared with the end of the season.
“We played a whole lot better in the regular-season game (at Madisonville-North Hopkins) than we did in the district tournament,” he said. “We just played absolutely terrible in the district tournament game.
“I didn’t think we played them really well when we played them in the season. Both times, it wasn’t our best game. It’s almost like we’ve got a block when we play them.”
Senior Kaylee McEnaney led the team this season with 11 goals and eight assists, while junior Kendall Boyd had six goals and one assist. Junior Reagan Hodge added five goals for CCHS, while senior Hannah Young had four goals and three assists and sophomore Laken White had three goals and two assists in only five games, being injured early on.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Karsyn Parker made 86 saves and scored two shutouts while allowing 19 goals in 11 games, while sophomore Rachel McClung made 15 saves in five games, allowing only five goals.
“Karsyn is very quick and made some great saves this year,” Miller said. “She’s one of the big reasons we did so well against Madisonville-North: She made a penalty kick and saved some other penalty kicks.”
Parker was one asset in a strong Lady Tiger defense this year.
“We had an all-region, all-state honorable mention player in (senior fullback) Kelsie Adams,” Miller said. “She was all-region all four years that she was in high school and honorable mention all-state. She was the rock in our defense in the back. That, and Karsyn Parker in the goal was a big help, but our defense in general was really good.
“Our biggest key to winning was that we had seven seniors, and they were seven good players. That was pretty huge — and it makes it tough for next year — but I think we’ll be able to replace them and still compete next year.”
Miller said that juniors Boyd and Hadlee Hall are likely to be team leaders next year, adding that sophomores White and Avery Ritchie should be strong leaders next year as well. Named to the All-District 7 Team were Adams, McEnaney, Parker, Young, Boyd, Ritchie and senior Morgan McDaniels.
Earning district All-Academic Team honors were Adams, Boyd, McDaniels, McEnaney, Parker, Ritchie and Young.