Nathan Cates uses his head during the opening game of the season on Monday at Russellvile High School. The Panthers won 8-3.

Nathan Cates uses his head during the opening game of the season on Monday at Russellvile High School. The Panthers won 8-3.

Last season, the Russellville Panthers boys soccer team won a single game. The two entire seasons before that, they did not record a win at all.

On Monday, the Panthers took the field for the first game of the 2018 season. The result was a dominating 8-3 win over Monroe County. The Panthers never trailed in the game and looked sharp on both sides of the ball.

Kevin Vera and Hunter McDowell each had big nights for Russellville. They scored three goals each. Vera also recorded three assists.

Coach Jeramy Rust said, "I'm really proud of this team. I know there is still work to do and we are not where we need to be yet, but we are getting there. The support we are getting from the school and community has been amazing."

On Tuesday, the Panthers were back at work against Warren East. The game ended in a 5-5 tie. Hunter McDowell kicked two more goals in that match. Avery Flener matched that total with two of his own. Kevin Vera added the remaining goal against East. Dustin Brown had two assists.

Coach Rust is happy with the effort put forth by his team. "This whole team continues to work hard every time they get together."

The Panthers (1-0-1) will be at home for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday against Campbellsville.