By Mac McLeod,

OCN Sports

With only three matches remaining in the regular season, the Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer team is getting ready for tournament action that will start in just two weeks.

In recent matches, the Wildcats have not fared well, losing three matches last week in shutouts, but a hard fought 3-1 win over DeKalb County and a second win of the week, a 3-2 win over Upperman, has LA coach David Sadler II optimistic about the tournament.

“We’ve played some very strong teams like Cumberland County, Stone Memorial, and Cookeville recently and I’m somewhat disappointed we haven’t done better, but the close win over DeKalb County last week shows me the team can play,” Sadler said. “Soccer is like most all sports in that it’s tournament play that really counts, and our district tournament starts May 3, and with three home games next week, we’ll use that to get ready.”

In recent outings, Livingston lost to Cumberland 9-0 then fought back to lose in a hard fought match to Stone, 5-2. In that match, Camen Howard and Mitchell Watson each scored for Livingston.

A 9-0 loss to Cookeville and a 7-0 loss to Cumberland left little to talk about, but last Tuesday the Wildcats stepped up and took down DeKalb County 3-1. Weyston Clouse had a pair of goals for Livingston and Kade Cooper added the third. Against Upperman, Clouse scored two goals and Howard had the third. Chase Ford had an assist and goalie Nathan Cowgill had 15 saves.

Jackson County will come to LA today, Tuesday, April 20, and Stone will be in town on Thursday. DeKalb County will be in Livingston on Tuesday, April 27, and Upperman will be in town to close down the regular season on Thursday, April 29.