CADIZ — A penalty kick in extra time by junior forward Blake Vivrette in the second half helped the Caldwell County boys’ soccer team come away with a 3-3 tie at Trigg County on Thursday.
The score capped a physically daunting game for both teams, which featured 19 CCHS fouls and 22 Trigg County fouls.
Host Trigg County (2-3-1) got on the scoreboard first when Anthony Ethridge took a pass from Keller Nichols in the 16th minute of the game.
Caldwell County (2-1-1) responded with two quickly, as junior forward Ethan Weatherspoon scored from 10 yards out in the 19th minute to tie the game, then two minutes later, sophomore midfielder Haiden Ball found the goal from 25 yards out to put the Tigers ahead 2-1.
Trigg County closed out the scoring in the first half when Nichols hit one from 30 yards out in the 42nd minute to tie the game at 2-2.
The Wildcats opened the scoring in the latter half when Nichols hit a rebounded shot into the goal in the 69th minute to give TCHS a 3-2 lead.
In the second half, Trigg County committed 15 fouls to Caldwell County’s 11. Possessions were frantic, and the stoppage after fouls were called did not allow either team to set up plays.
With the scoreboard clock off and time being kept by the officials, Vivrette was fouled in the penalty box, enabling him to take a penalty kick, which he sent into the lower left corner of the goal.
“Blake Vivrette — he loves penalty kicks,” said CCHS head coach Tanner Reed. “He practices them all the time. That’s why he’s our man on that spot.”
Reed said the team stayed confident despite falling behind early.
“We started playing our game, and that’s how we rallied; that’s how we got ahead,” he said. “We let things get away from us a little bit, and that’s where Trigg pounced on us. We were forced to play their style for too long, and when we woke back up, we got the better possession.
“Hats off to our second goal (by Ball). It was from 23 yards out; nothing a goalkeeper’s going to do about that. We worked well to make (TCHS) work for their chances. They didn’t have many chances that were outside the box.”
Caldwell County hosts St. Mary in the second game of a girls-boys doubleheader today (Saturday). The girls game begins at 5:30 p.m., while the boys game starts at 7 p.m. CCHS hosts Butler County in a 6 p.m. Monday game, then hosts Lyon County in another boys-girls doubleheader. The boys game starts at 5:30 p.m., while the girls game begins at 7:30 p.m.