Midseason tournaments are always good warm-ups for teams looking ahead to the postseason. Webster County’s boys soccer team got that opportunity last week in the Class 2A Sectional, where they finished as runners-up.
Head coach Robert Daugherty believes his team got some good experience out of the matches played at Calloway County, despite the grueling schedule.
“The team played well in the tournament, with scoring 4 goals in (the first two) rounds,” he said. “Three games in five days are rough on any team, but I am very proud of this team. We are doing things that other teams didn’t think we could do, and this tournament is only the beginning for this team, I feel.”
The Trojans reached the finals against host Calloway County after defeating Trigg County and Paducah Tilghman in the first two rounds. They allowed just one goal in the two matches. The games may have taken a bit more out of his team than Daugherty hoped.
“Calloway was ready for us and much more rested with playing only one game before Saturday,” he said. “We were a little disappointed with the runner up finish because we did not play to our capability Saturday afternoon. But at the beginning of this season no one would’ve picked us to be in the championship this year.”
Despite the loss in the finals, the head coach believes everyone learned some valuable lessons.
“This tournament will get us ready for October, I believe,” Daugherty said. “The guys know what it takes to play three games in five days now, which will be what it takes to win regionals. I learned from this as well. In a tournament with a short bench like we have. I need to trust our younger guys to finish out the games when we’re up 4 or 3 to 0. I didn’t get the guys the rest they needed, so partly this 2nd place finish was on me, not the guys.”
Webster County, 4 Trigg County, 1Rocky Juan scored two goals and added an assist as Webster County defeated Trigg County, 4-1, in the first round of the Class 2A Sectional.
The Trojans allowed just four shots on goal in the match, with Jesus Martinez saving three in the complete game in the net. Meanwhile, Webster’s offense was very efficient, scoring four times on its eight shots.
Evan DeLamar and Rodrigo Jimenez both added goals to the WCHS scoring.
Jimenez also posted an assist in the match, as did Denny Rivas.
Webster County, 4 Paducah Tilghman County, 0Jesus Martinez registered a complete game shutout in the Trojans’ second-round defeat of Paducah Tilghman, while the offense netted another four goals in the 4-0 win.
Rocky Juan led Webster scoring with another pair of goals his sixth and seventh in 2021.
Evan Delamar added a goal to the Trojans’ total, bringing his team-leading scoring to 10 goals on the season.
Rodrigo Jimenez added a score and an assist for Webster, and Jaxen Miller added two assists.
Calloway County, 7 Webster County, 0Calloway County used its home-field advantage Saturday in the Sectional final, defeating the Trojans, 7-0, for the championship.
Jesus Martinez posted another complete game in the net, saving 16 of the Lakers’ 23 shots on goal.