In soccer, it's important to let everything happening naturally and not to force anything. Hopkinsville coach Tyler Stallons has seen that be the case several times in his coaching career and he can add another time to the list after Thursday.
Earlier in the second half with the Tigers leading, Stallons pulled senior striker Tyler Greenwell aside.
"We've been on him maybe a little much," he said. "I went opposite. I think he felt like he had to be the guy. I was telling him you don't have to be the guy, pass the ball. Now he'd been second-guessing. So today in the middle of the game, I called him over and said just be you. We have to have you score goals so put the ball in the back of the net."
Greenwell's goal gave the Tigers an even bigger lead en route to their 5-1 win over 8th District rival Christian County.
Stallons said they weren't as laid-back as they should have been in the early going.
"I told them you're playing like you have pressure," he said. "Yes, they're into it. Yes, they're playing hard but we're not going to beat this team by 10 goals. We're just not that team this year, we weren't that team last year … We're not going to beat County like that. I knew that. I felt like they felt like we got to go score six or seven. That one goal is going to be like six. They're all worth one and I think that's the biggest thing. I told them relax and just play."
Hoptown jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Welby Horn and Steven Hermosillo.
Trailing 2-0, Christian County's Yeffrey Macario stepped to the penalty line and tried to get one by Hoptown's Xavier Bussell, but Bussell stopped his second PK of the year to keep the Tiger lead at two.
Stallons said it has to be daunting for opposing players to look at the net and see Bussell standing there.
"It was another big PK save," he said. "It's dangerous to be able to have a keeper that's going to keep you (in it) and make it tough. He's got to be intimidating, he has to be."
Thomas Barrett scored the lone Christian County goal to cut it to 2-1 but that would be as close as the Colonels would get.
Jose Favela made it 3-1 just before the half and the Tigers carried the momentum going into the break.
Greenwell's goal and another for Horn would help Hoptown to a 5-1 victory.
Next up for both squads is the annual Boots and Butts Soccer Classic at the Stadium of Champions.
Christian County plays at 11 a.m. Saturday against Campbell County as Hopkinsville plays at 1 p.m. against Marion County.
Hopkinsville 5, Christian County 1
CCHS 1 0--1
HHS 3 2--5
CCHS: Thomas Barrett (goal)
HHS: Welby Horn (2 goals), Tyler Greenwell (goal), Jose Favela (goal, assist), Steven Hermosillo (goal), Miguel Magana (assist)