The Caldwell County High School girls’ soccer team trailed visiting Trigg County 1-0 midway through the second half, but came roaring back with four unanswered goals to win its season-opener 4-1 on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers had possession for most of the game, taking 13 shots in the first half (four on goal) to the Wildcats’ three (one on goal). Adriana Jimenez scored the goal for TCHS in the 24th minute from the top of the penalty area for the sole score of the first half.
CCHS dominated the second half, making 21 shots — 13 of which were on goal — to Trigg County’s four shots, only one of which was on goal.
Senior forward Kaylee McEnaney started the scoring frenzy for Caldwell County with a spot-on penalty kick in the 61st minute to knot the game at 1-1.
Junior midfielder Kendall Boyd planted the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute from five feet out in front of the goal on a feed from sophomore forward Laken White.
CCHS added two late goals in the game. McEnaney drove down the middle for the field and took a shot at point-blank range in the 77th minute to put the Lady Tigers ahead 3-1. Almost two minutes later, junior forward Reagan Hodge drove home the game’s final score in the mouth of the goal.
CCHS senior goalkeeper Karsyn Parker had four saves, while sophomore goalkeeper Rachel McClung had one. Boyd, White and senior fullback Morgan McDaniels each had an assist.
“We didn’t quite handle them on the scoreboard the way we wanted to, but we did handle them in the game,” said CCHS head coach Rhett Miller. “It was a very lopsided game in our favor, both halves, even though they won the first half 1-0.
“I told (the team) after the game that it’s not untypical of being in a game and once you get into your groove, you do a little better offensively. We started to move off the ball a little bit better and did a whole lot better.”
Miller said the team needs to work on movement this week and was not happy with the throw-ins made by the Lady Tigers.
“I think it’s kind of silly that we have to work on that,” he said. “The direction of our throw-ins and the way they are and how we move off the throw-ins is something we have to do a little bit better job of and something we’re going to work a little more on.”
Miller said he was happy with the way his team showed spirit, being down 1-0 as late as the 60th minute of the game and forged a 4-1 win from that point.
“That always says that you’ve got the players that want to win,” he said. “I like to see that they came around and figured out a way to score, figured out a way to win.”
Caldwell County visited Hopkinsville on Thursday and came away with a 6-1 win.
Boyd scored three goals, while McEnaney had two and White had one. Parker made four saves in the game.
Caldwell County hosts District 7 rival Hopkins Co. Central at 7:15 p.m. Monday, then visits Madisonville-North Hopkins at 7 p.m. Thursday in another district game.
The CCHS boys’ soccer team visits Hopkins Co. Central at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a District 7 match-up after being off since falling at Mayfield on Monday. The Tigers host Madisonville-North Hopkins at 7 p.m. Thursday in another District 7 game.