Shorthanded Cavs lose opening game of the season

Published 10:35 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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The Callaway boys soccer team was short handed in their opening game of the 2023 season on Tuesday as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Fayette County. 

The Cavaliers were missing two of their most experienced players — Connor Davis and Avery Brooks — who are the leaders in the midfield and defense respectively as seniors. 

Despite having little depth on the bench for the game, the Cavaliers put in a hard shift against their 4A foes. Fayette County was able to grab a goal with under 10 minutes to go in the first half to take the lead. 

The Cavaliers came out of the break fired up and it looked like Nelson Herrera tied the game up early in the second off but his goal was ruled offside in what was a marginal decision at best. Herrera kept chugging along and played in the pass that led to the opening goal for Callaway. Herrera played a beautiful through ball that freshman Ricky Vaughn controlled nicely, dribbled around the goalkeeper and put the ball in the back of the net for his first varsity goal in his first varsity game. 

The game was not tied for long with Fayette County scoring a few minutes later on a free kick to take the lead back before dispatching a penalty late in the game to put it out of reach. 

New starting goalkeeper Brayden Morris finished with seven saves in the game. 

Callaway starts the season 0-1 and will be looking for a rebound on Thursday when the Cavaliers host Shaw for a non-region game.