GLASGOW — It was one of the hottest days of the year, and Barren County was coming off a close loss to its rival.
Additionally, the Trojans had just handily defeated Monday's opponent, Butler County, in a scrimmage match two weeks ago.
Barren County had plenty of reasons to be distracted, and over the initial 65 minutes of Monday's game, they didn't look like the same team that had an opportunity to beat Glasgow on Thursday.
But Aden Nyekan's right foot had other ideas, as the sophomore poured in three of his four goals during the last 10 minutes of the contest and the Trojans (2-2) scored a 4-3 comeback win over the Bears (0-2).
"At the half, our coach really gave us a good speech," Nyekan said. "In the beginning, we were just going through the motions, but in crunch time, we were able to kick it into second gear."
Butler County enjoyed a 1-0 lead for most of the first half until Nyekan's first goal tied the score with 7:28 to play. But the lead didn't last long.
Alex Diaz put the Bears back on top with a goal that was followed by a Dawson Phelps' score that put Butler County up 3-1 at the break.
Barren County had plenty of opportunities to score more goals in the first half, but the Trojans were unable to find the back of the net on multiple chances.
The Trojans' defense tightened in the second half, as Barren County controlled possession. Butler County was able to keep the lead though with big stops by goalkeeper Shane Norris.
Nyekan just missed a goal with 14 minutes to play when his shot hit the crossbar. At that point in the match, it just didn't seem like it was going to be Barren County's night. But Nyekan was just getting warmed up.
"We didn't quit. Aden Nyekan there in the last 10 minutes just bulldozed his way through and saved us," Barren County coach Joe Mercer said.
Nyekan cut the score to 3-2 with his second goal of the game that gave Barren County life with nine minutes left in the match.
A few minutes later, Caleb Hester's pass found a streaking Nyekan on the left side of the field, and the sophomore weaved through the Butler County defense and slid his third goal of the game into the back of the net just beyond the reach of the Butler County goalkeeper.
The Bears had a chance to pull back in front with about 3 minutes to play when they were awarded a free kick deep in Trojan territory. Barren County goalkeeper Cody Copass came up with the save, and that would be the last serious threat of the night the Bears would mount.
With less than 2 minutes remaining on the game, Nyekan picked up his fourth goal and a second half hat trick by burying another score in the back of the net and giving his team a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
"It was just a team effort and I think everybody on the team contributed to the goals and I was just the one who finished them," Nyekan said. "Teammates are everything. You can't play an 11-player sport with just one player."
As entertaining as Nyekan's performance was to watch, Mercer said the Trojans must have other players to step up if they're going to keep winning matches.
"We just have to put a whole game together. Out of the four games this year, we've only played well for a whole game against Glasgow," he said. "No matter if it's Glasgow or not, we have to play like it's Glasgow."
Nyekan has scored nine of Barren County's 11 goals this season. The Trojans will hit the road for the first time Thursday when they travel to play Logan County.
"We just have to come in with a good mindset to win and try to play our best," Nyekan said.