Eagles vs. Cardinals

Eagles Ryan Hayden (4) and Stephen Kelly (8) fight Cardinal midfielder Eduardo Arellano for the ball.

Graves County Eagles soccer picked up a much needed 4-1 win over the Mayfield Cardinals on Monday night to snap a four-game losing skid.

Cardinal head coach Luis Fabian was disappointed with his team’s result but says the year isn’t over just yet.

“Our defense slowed there at the end and we couldn't keep up with them in the back,” Fabian said. “I don’t know what happened to my keeper on the third goal but it is what it is, the season’s not over, we still have games and the tournament.”

Despite earning the three-goal advantage at the end of play, the Eagles and Cardinals battled for a fierce 80 minutes of action.

The Cardinals implemented a defensive style of play against the Eagles, working to keep the ball away from strikers and clear any close calls.

The Eagles remained persistent throughout the first half as they looked for their first goal of the day.

Patience paid off for Graves County with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half as junior midfielder Moritz Fuchs put the Eagles ahead 1-0.

The Cardinals failed to answer quickly as the Eagles took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Following 15 minutes of scoreless play to open up the half, Cardinal senior midfielder Alberto Arellano netted an impressive strike from deep to tie the game at one apiece.

Things wouldn’t remain tied for long.

A misstep by Cardinal goalkeeper Diego Jaurez helped the Eagles take a 2-1 lead as Fuchs picked up his second goal of the day.

With the Eagles back in the lead, the Cardinals’ defense continued to take a slide as junior defender Stephen Kelly scored on a strike from near midfield, giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead.

Graves County’s offense refused to go away with just under five minutes to go

The Eagles added one more goal, once again from Fuchs, recording his first hat trick of the year and finishing off the Eagles 4-1 victory.

Eagle head coach Mike Lane says he hopes this win will be a confidence boost for his players.

“I thought we finally did what we’ve been trying to do all year, we moved the ball,” Lane said. “I think it's time for us to get some momentum and keep it rolling. We have another big district game on Thursday so this was a big confidence builder for us.”

Graves County will be back in action on Thursday night as the Eagles host the Calloway County Lakers at 7:30 p.m.

Mayfield will look to rebound from its loss as they travel for a matchup with the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, in Paducah, Kentucky.