The Hopkinsville Lady Tigers kicked off the Second Region Tournament at the Stadium of Champions on the right foot.
Hoptown scored seven goals, four from Keeli Miles and three from Abby Moss as the Lady Tigers rolled over Lyon County 7-1 on Monday night.
Miles got her first goal of the game just four minutes in and it looked like Hopkinsville was prepared to put the game away early.
However, the Lady Tigers' offensive attack stalled for a bit. Miles opened the scoring back up in the 18th minute with her second goal of the game. After Rose Smith got the Lady Lyons on the board, Moss tallied her first with eight minutes left in the half.
Hopkinsville head coach Jeff Addison said his team played too much like a group of individuals rather than a team through the majority of the first half.
"The first five minutes we played really well," Addison said. "We got a goal, we created chances -- and then we stopped playing pass and move and we started playing kind of like individuals and we talked about that at halftime. I thought we did much better in the second half than we did in the first."
He said the three goals they scored came as a team and tried to get his players to continue to play together.
"It was more of, 'Hey, let's play together instead of against each other and work together towards a common goal,' " he said. "I thought we tried to play individual soccer a lot in the first half and all three goals came from team soccer. Other than three players, none of the rest of them have played in the region tournament, so that might have been part of it."
Miles and Moss continued to pour on the offense in the second half as the Lady Tigers looked much more together in the second half.
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Addison said seeing the goals pour in during the second half will be a big confidence booster for the two.
"It is for them," he said. "I have confidence in them that they can do it. Sometimes you need to see the ball go in the goal before you can say, 'Yeah, I can do this.'"
The pair tallied a pair of goals each in the second half as they led Hopkinsville to the win, advancing them to the semifinals of the regional tournament on Wednesday.
In the moment, the Lady Tigers don't know whether they will be playing Henderson County or Caldwell County. Addison said his team will get together today to begin planning for its opponent.
"I just told them that we're going to talk about it tomorrow," Addison said. "We'll plan accordingly because we'll know who we got and which direction we need to go and that sort of that. There's really nothing you can say after a game to get them ready."
The Lady Colonels defeated the Lady Tigers 3-0 in Monday's second game of the night.
Hoptown and Henderson will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
HOPKINSVILLE 7, LYON COUNTY 1
HHS 3 4 -- 7
LCHS 1 0 -- 1
HHS: Miles (4 goals), Moss (3 goals)
LCHS: Smith (1 goal)