Following a summer storm that delayed the start of an already delayed game and dropped temperatures dramatically, the Lady Cougar soccer team laid waste to the host Breckinridge County Lady Tigers in a 10-0, mercy-rule win last Wednesday evening.
The game had originally been scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., but with temperatures in the nineties all day, with high humidity, the start was moved back to 6:30 p.m. But just minutes before the start, rain and lightning moved over the field and forced everyone to take cover.
It was fortuitous in a way as the temperature had dropped 15 degrees when the game finally got under way.
The Lady Cougars seemed a bit disorganized at the start of the game and allowed the Lady Tigers to control the ball in the Grayson County end for the first four or five minutes of the game.
After that, the Lady Cougars began dominating the action and just 11 minutes in, freshman Kayden Sutherland took a ball down the left side and fired in the first goal of the game to make it 1-0. Sutherland would finish the game with four goals.
The Lady Cougars had several opportunities in the next few minutes. Gabriella Shartzer had a shot fly just high over the top of the goal in the 19th minute, and Leah Scott had two shots, one that went wide and another that was stopped by Breck goalie, Morgan Dooley. But Sutherland connected again from point-blank range in the 23rd minute to make it 2-0.
In the 29th minute, Sutherland passed from the left wing to teammate Keisha Dennis, who was coming across from the right. Dennis fired a left-footed shot from about 20 yards out that found the left side of the net to make it 3-0.
In the 32nd minute, the Lady Cougars were putting intense pressure on Dooley in front of the Breck goal. Several shots misfired as the ball caromed in front of the goal. Just as the ball was rolling past the right upright, senior transfer, Haleigh Mercer slid onto the ball and fired it just inside the post to make it 4-0. Mercer would finish with three goals for the game.
Less than a minute later, Mercer took a pass from senior Gabriella Shartzer and put the ball past Dooley to make it 5-0.
With less than two minutes remaining, the Lady Cougars were awarded a corner kick. Sutherland put the ball in front of the Tiger goal, where sophomore Maria Cortes controlled it and fired into the left side of the goal to make the halftime score 6-0.
Two minutes into the second half, Sutherland flew up the left sideline and fired a left-footer from about 30 yards out. The ball crossed in front of the Tiger goal and settled into the far right side to make it 7-0.
In the 57th minute, Sutherland got behind the Tiger defense, dribbled in to about 15 yards, and shot the ball past the helpless Dooley to make it 8-0.
Just a couple minutes later, Dennis was attacking on the left side. Her shot from about 10 yards was deflected by Dooley, keeping it out of the goal. But the ball went right to an unmarked Mercer who put the ball into the empty net to make it 9-0.
The score stayed that way until, with less than a minute to play, Dennis got the goal that had eluded her earlier as she sneaked past the Tiger defenders to put in the deciding point.
The Lady Cougars (2-1) will not play again until Saturday, September 6, when they will host Monroe County at 10 a.m.