The Caldwell County Tigers varsity soccer team overcame the odds to play in the 7th District championship game only to face the nine-year reigning 7th district champion and the 2019 2nd Region champion, Madisonville North Hopkins, last Wednesday.
The Tigers, who lost 7-0, will still advance to the 2nd Region Tournament for a shot at the regional title.
The Tigers were outmatched offensively from the beginning with the Storm building a 3-0 lead by halftime.
Caldwell only saw two looks at the goal the entire first half.
The Tiger defense managed to hold off the Storm until 13:25 into the second half when JJ Brown broke through and planted one, putting Madisonville North up 4-0.
A lightning delay gave the Tigers a breather with 18 minutes left to play, but when the game reconvened, the Storm sent two more into the net to finish out the contest 7-0.
Caldwell goalie Corbin Nichols racked up 14 saves on Madisonville North Hopkins’ 36 attempts on the net. Caldwell was held to just 5 attempts.
Nichols total saves for the season sit at 155 putting him just below the top 30 in the state. Jack Muiter of St. Mary holds the number 30 spot with 163 saves.
Caldwell County as a team recorded 166 saves so far this season.
Blake Vivrette filled in for Nichols two games tallying 11 saves.
Caldwell (7-12-2) will face 5th District winner Trigg County (3-12-1) in round 1 of the 2nd Region tournament this week.