August 21, 2014

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Wildcats drop three of four; lose on senior night

C.J. Osbourne shows amazing defense as he guards against opponents of the Wildcats.

By: Sam McClanahan, Reporter

The week that was for the Wildcats soccer team could be divided up in a good news/bad news formula.

The good news: The club continues to get healthier as the regular season winds down and postseason play inches closer.

Also, a commemorative banner was unveiled to pay tribute to the 2008 squad that advanced to the Elite 8 in the state tournament, and the current team bid farewell to a group of six seniors in the home finale last Thursday. The bad news: The 'Cats lost three of four games to fall to 6-9 on the year.

Last Tuesday, the 'Cats hosted the Camels of Campbell County and cruised to a 4-1 victory. Travis Brinkman and Max Dewald scored two goals apiece and senior Aven Harper, the club's most notorious offensive threat, played the role of facilitator as he racked up four assists.

Following the contest, a ceremony was held to recognize the 2008 Wildcat team, and a banner featuring the player's names was introduced to the home crowd.

Two nights later, the 'Cats looked to notch a win on Senior Night against Calvary Christian. Aven Harper gave the home team a quick 1-0 lead as both teams exchanged numerous first half shot attempts.

During halftime, six Wildcats were honored along with their parents. Aven Harper, Andrew Antrobus, MacKenzie Colvin, Jacob Farwell, Austin Flaugher and Clay Knight received a warm and well-deserved standing ovation from the home fans. However, in the second half the tide turned quickly against the Wildcats. Calvary Christian evened the score three minutes into the half and went ahead two minutes later. The Cougars extended the lead to 3-1 before Pendleton County fought back to tie the game. Unfortunately, the Cougars went on to score late in the game and won 4-3. Harper finished with two goals and Andrew Antrobus also scored.

Last Saturday, the team traveled south to take on Central Hardin. The 'Cats came out looking sharp as Jacob Farwell netted a goal with an assist from Harper. However, Central Hardin went on to take a 2-1 win. The team also clashed with top 25 ranked Hopkinsville. This game was a battle for the entire 80-minute contest. Both teams traded shots and fought evenly throughout the game, as the 'Cats got scores from Harper and Max Dewald. The game ended in regulation tied at two, and the game was decided via penalty kick. Hopkinsville outshot the 'Cats 5-4 to take 3-2 victory.

"What a battle," said head coach Lisa Feltner. "This was the most intense and exciting game yet this season. We had solid play at every position and I am very proud of how hard we played," she continued.

Despite the close losses, Feltner is pleased with what she is seeing on the field.

"Our intensity is where it needs to be, and we are molding into postseason form."

This week, the 'Cats travel to face Mason County on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., and also travel to square off against Boone County at 7:30 p.m.

The JV Wildcats lost in regional action last Friday night 1-0 to CovCath. Junior Travis Brinkman tallied 30 saves as goalkeeper and was named to the All-Tournament team.

The Wildcat seniors are pictured above, from left: Mackenzie Colvin, Aven Harper, Jacob Farwell, Clay Knight, Andrew Antrobus, Austin Flaugher as they celebrate senior night.