HENDERSON -- It was a tough night for Eighth District teams in the Second Region Tournament at Henderson County High School as both Hopkinsville and University Heights Academy each had its season come to an end.

Madisonville-North Hopkins 3, University Heights Academy 0

The University Heights Academy Blazers have done a few things this season that hadn't be done in several years.

The Blazers made it back to the All "A" Classic State Tournament after missing out on the tournament for several years and they won their first Second Region Tournament game since 2013.

With that, UHA had nothing to hold its head down about after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Madisonville-North Hopkins Thursday at Henderson County. If the Blazers did hang their heads, they were consoled by several Hopkinsville Tiger players as they left the field for the last time this season.

UHA coach Frankie Thomas said there's a strong sense of community in Hopkinsville.


"This community has always been close," he said. "I think it just shows no matter what school you go to, we got each other's backs as a community. We're there for one another. A lot of these kids play travel soccer with each other and they're going to be playing travel soccer with each other. It just shows how close-knit the community of Hopkinsville is and how we support each other no matter what the situation is."

Most of the first half was scoreless until the Maroons broke through with 2:12 left in the first half.

Madisonville's Dalton Daves found the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Daves struck again with 29:46 left in the game to double up the Maroon lead and they would strike again with 14:41 left when Jacob Ashley scored to make it 3-0.

Thomas said they had a good gameplan going into the contest as he knew it'd be much different than the 5-0 loss they suffered earlier this season to the Maroons.

"Our gameplan was to just play our game," Thomas said. "Last time we had played Madisonville, we hadn't played to the capacity even to what we did today. We let a couple things slide that hasn't been sliding at all throughout the season. We just got down. Our whole thing was just to put the ball in the back of the net and we couldn't find it tonight."

The Blazers graduate three starters in Tanner Thomas, Scribby Goode and Dylan Edmonson as they return a bulk of their squad, including leading scorer Will Bryan.

Thomas said it's been a great first year as head coach of the program.

"It was a lot of fun coaching this team," he said. "They allowed me to come in and coach them and a lot of them learned a lot this year. That was a challenge, turning them into totally different players. There's a lot of players on this team that didn't play certain positions and they stepped up and done it with no problem."

UHA ends the year at 14-8-1 with its 14 wins being the most the program has had since 2013 when they finished 14-6-4.

Madisonville-North Hopkins 3, University Heights Academy 0

UHA 0 0--0

MNHHS 1 2--3

MNHHS: Daves (2 goals), Ashley (goal)

Henderson County 3, Hopkinsville 0

A year ago, the Hopkinsville Tigers were making their way through the Second Region Tournament en route to a KHSAA Final Four appearance, but Thursday, they saw their season end much earlier than they would have liked.

The Tigers couldn't find the back of the net in the regional semifinals as they fell 3-0 to host Henderson County at HCHS.

Hoptown coach Tyler Stallons told his team throughout the season that they weren't last year's team, but said this senior class built a legacy and has even become a part of his family as many have seemed like an older brother to his children.

"I was just telling them throughout the whole year I tried to motivate to tell them to make sure they're not satisfied with what we did last year," he said. "To keep pushing forward. Obviously, that doesn't mean we're going to have success this year. They've set a standard and I think it showed ... It's tough. It was tough last year losing in the Final Four. That's what I told them, it's never easy to lose your last game. It's obviously a little easier if you keep going further and further.

"These guys, they've been a big part of me and my family."

The Colonels came out the aggressor, but the Tigers played much more together in the second half although it wasn't enough to battle back from the three-goal deficit.

"They wanted it a little more tonight," Stallons said of Henderson. "Not that our guys didn't want it, but they were hungry and they outplayed us."

The Colonels grabbed the only lead they would need with 23:55 left in the first half when Trevor Book scored off of a corner. About 10 minutes later, Bryce Bennett scored off of a corner to give Henderson a 2-0 advantage.

With less than 15:00 on the clock, David Gonzalez put the game away as he gave the Colonels a 3-0 lead.

"They had more chances than us, but I think we matched the effort a little bit better in the second half and we started winning some balls," Stallons said. "Overall he had his guys ready to go. They were hungry and they wanted the ball."

Hoptown ends the season at 16-8-1.

Henderson County 3, Hopkinsville 0

HHS 0 0--0

HCHS 2 1--3

HCHS: Bennett (goal), Gonzalez (goal), Book (goal)

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