Last year, Hart County left little doubt in a 10-0 soccer win over Barren County that didn't last the entire 80 minutes of regulation time.
While the Trojans didn't get the result they wanted Monday night in their season-opener against the Raiders, they were able to play a competitive match though they ultimately fell 5-0 to Hart County.
The game was especially tight early. Barren County had several chances to score in the first half including three decent opportunities on corner kicks.
Seth Mitchell, Aden Nyekan and Pacey Botts made threatening runs into the Raider back line, but they couldn't come up with enough space to find the back of the net. Hart County also came up with brilliant saves and defensive stops when it appeared the Trojans were on pace to take an early lead.
Barren County also was a little unlucky, as multiple close shots found the side of the net.
About midway through the first half, Hart County's Cameron Tennyson scored the game's first goal. It was followed by another score later in the half by Braydon Bell to give Hart County a 2-0 lead.
Barren County continued to threaten on offense, but they couldn't come up with a score and trailed 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Barren County continued to push into Hart County territory but the Raider defense continued to come up with stops. The Raiders broke the game open with a third goal about midway through the second half and went on to add two more scores to seal the win.
Barren County is back in action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night with a home match against Todd County Central.