When the two met earlier this season, University Heights Academy took a two-goal lead and came away with a 3-2 win over Trigg County.

When the two met Monday, the final score was also 3-2 and one team took a two-goal lead, but much to the dismay of UHA, it was the Wildcats that advanced to the second round of the 2nd Region tournament at Madisonville-North Hopkins.

"We felt like we went out and proved we could play with them when we lost 3-2 at their place," Trigg coach Josh Nichols said. "Felt like we played them toe to toe and knew if we came out here and played the way we were capable of playing that we could come out on top."

Trigg County struck twice in the first six minutes with goals from Clayton Setliff and Elijah Gaines.

Gaines struck again early in the second half to give the Wildcats a 3-0 and all the momentum the game could muster.

A few minutes later, a ball came to UHA's Scribby Goode's feet and Goode delivered a moonshot over the keeper and off the crossbar for the Blazers' first goal of the day.

Midway through the half, the Blazers answered the call again as Riley Simmons found the back of the net.

Trigg County keeper Matthew Smith made sure the UHA strikers wouldn't forget him as he made several point-blank saves in the final minutes to propel the Wildcats to the second round.

"He was disappointed with the goal he gave up, bit of a fluke goal, but to respond like that and to hang in there like that is incredible," Nichols said of his keeper.

The Wildcats now play at 5:30 p.m. today in the first semifinal against Henderson County.

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