The Caldwell County girls’ soccer team shut out visiting Lyon County 4-0 on Tuesday, firing 27 shots against the Lady Lyons to their nine.
The Lady Tigers (5-3 overall, 1-0 in District 7 play) were prolific in their scoring, with four separate players putting the ball in the net.
Senior forward Kaylee McEnaney and senior fullback Hannah Young each had a goal and an assist, while senior midfielders Abbey Hagan and Madison Smith had one goal apiece.
McEnaney got the goals going when she took a pass from Young in front of the goal and scored in the 17th minute for the game’s only first-half goal.
In the 47th minute, Young dribbled the ball down the middle of the pitch and fired it in from 15 feet out to give CCHS a 2-0 lead.
Hagan took her turn in the 55th minute by taking a rebounded shot from McEnaney off of a corner kick and getting it past the keeper to put Caldwell County ahead 3-0.
Smith closed out the scoring with an on-target penalty kick in the 65th minute.
While the multiple goals gave the Lady Tigers the win, CCHS head coach Rhett Miller was quick to praise his defense that kept the Lady Lyons (6-4) at bay.
“We played a great defensive game from the very beginning,” he said. “We held probably two of the better forwards in this region, with Rose (Smith) and Leah (Schroeder). They are both fantastic forwards, and they really didn’t have much of a fantastic shot at all until one right there at the end.
“I was thrilled with our defense and loved seeing the way our midfield was moving the ball. Offensively, we controlled that game. It might have been a 4-0 game, but it was a complete domination the whole game, and I love to see that out of my girls.”
Miller said there are still areas of offense that the team need to work on and said there were some players who were out for the game.
“I’ve got to give a big shout-out to (junior fullback) Nadya Hutchinson,” he said. “She came out and played. She hasn’t started all year, and she came out tonight and played a fantastic game and held these good forwards and didn’t let them do anything. It was exciting to watch.”
Schroeder and Rose each had three shots — two on goal, but were kept from the goal for most of the game by the CCHS defenders.
“(Schroeder) hurt us last time because she is a really good player,” Miller said. “We knew that coming in, and we had a game plan for both of them and (Caldwell County) did it perfectly.”
CCHS took a tough 4-3 loss to visiting Calloway County Thursday. despite two goals and an assist from Young and a goal and two assists from McEnaney.
Senior goalkeeper stayed busy in the net, making 11 stops in the game.
Caldwell County will battle at Madisonville-North Hopkins (3-4-1, 1-0) at 2:30 p.m. today (Saturday) to determine the top seed in the District 7 tournament, to be played Oct. 13 and 15 at Hopkins Co. Central, which has already earned the No. 3 seed.
The Lady Tigers will close out their regular-season schedule with a 5:30 p.m. Monday game at University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville and a 5:30 p.m. game Thursday at Graves County.