HENDERSON -- A year ago, the Trigg County Wildcats ended University Heights Academy's season in the first round of the 2nd Region Tournament at Madisonville-North Hopkins, but the Blazers wouldn't let history repeat itself.
The Blazers also didn't want a repeat performance of last week's 8th District title game.
Whatever the motivation, the Blazers took down Trigg County 3-1 Monday at Henderson County for their first 2nd Region tournament win since 2013.
UHA coach Frankie Thomas was thrilled for his team after the win.
"It's their first win in region in several years," he said. "They came out and fought as hard as they could. With us being a small private school, we're always hurting in numbers on the bench. But they came out for forgot about last week, they still had it our minds a little bit but they moved through it and played and played their butts off tonight."
The game was scoreless for the majority of the first half, but UHA's Will Bryan found an opening and exploited it as he gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Thomas said Bryan's goal gave his team a big boost.
"We needed something to get us going and to start off this second half with some kind of pressure on Trigg County," he said. "They played as hard as they could, both teams did. It was a very well-fought game."
Connor Dill added a goal in the second half to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead and put them in the driver's seat but they wouldn't be done scoring just yet.
Later in the half, Tanner Thomas sent a free kick toward the goal but it hit off the crossbar and Bryan was there to head it home and give UHA a commanding 3-0 lead.
Three goals was also the lead UHA had a week ago against Hoptown when the Tigers started their march back and the Wildcats looked like they were going to do the same.
Late in the game, Trigg County's Clayton Setliff sent a ball on goal with his left foot that found the back of the net.
Thomas admitted he had thoughts of last week's game.
"Oh yeah," he said. "Those type of games, I've played in them, been on the sideline watching them. Those are tough."
UHA now moves on to play Madisonville-North Hopkins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the first 2nd Region semifinal at Henderson County as MNHHS took down Webster County 10-0 in Monday's first game.
The Maroons beat the Blazers earlier this season in a 5-0 result, but Thomas said a lot has changed.
"I'm going to tell them to forget about how we played them last time," he said. "We're a totally different team from when we played them mid-season. We've gotten better over the last five or six games, even with the loss to Hopkinsville, we stepped up and brought a totally different game to Hopkinsville and we're going to do the same thing with Madisonville."
UHA 3, Trigg County 1
UHA 1 2--3
TCHS 0 1--1
UHA: Bryan (2 goals), Dill (goal), Thomas (2 assists)
TCHS: Setliff (goal)