MORTONS GAP — The Caldwell County High School girls’ soccer team had a physical match-up with Madisonville-North Hopkins Thursday in the District 7 tournament championship at Hopkins Co. Central, taking a 2-0 loss.
The Lady Tigers (6-5-1) took the top seed in the three-team tournament, winning the regular-season title with a 2-0 district record. The Lady Maroons (6-6-2) advanced to the championship after beating the host Lady Storm (6-5-0) 5-3 in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Caldwell County will face Second Region tournament host Henderson County (6-1-0) in the first round of that tournament at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Madisonville-North Hopkins will take on Christian County (3-8-1) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
In the district championship game, the Lady Tigers found it hard to get a solid attack going. They found themselves on the Lady Maroon side of the field several times, but were turned away.
Both of the Lady Maroons’ goals came in the first half. Abigail Center took a feed from Emma Payton and found the net in the fifth minute to put MNH on the scoreboard. 15 minutes later, Center again scored, this time on a pass from Relynn Blanford.
CCHS had six shots in the game — four on goal — and senior goalkeeper Karsyn Parker made nine saves in the game.
“You can’t spot a good team two goals and then think you can come back and play the same kind of game,” said CCHS head coach Rhett Miller. “It just didn’t happen. We played better in the second half, but we let two goals go in early that really weren’t quality goals, but they count as one all the same.”