Sophomore Kayden Sutherland erupted for eight goals for the Lady Cougar soccer team on Monday, and Grayson County went on to a 9-5 blowout win over the visiting Franklin-Simpson Lady Wildcats.
Sutherland was the second leading scorer for the Lady Cougars as a freshman with 22 goals last year. With the outburst on Monday, the nifty forward already has 20 goals through the first five games and is likely to set a record that will be very hard to break in the future.
Sutherland just kept getting behind the Wildcat defense and she made the most of it, hitting nearly every shot she took
But it was the visitors who cracked the scoreboard first. Lady Cougar goalie Gabby Priddy stopped a point-blank shot inside the first minute of play, but when she couldn’t control the rebound, Franklin-Simpson’s Christina Tomas put the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
That would turn out to be the Wildcats’ only lead of the night. Less than a minute later Sutherland tied the game, moving in behind the defense all alone and beating Wildcat keeper Dru Knight with a crossing shot on her right side.
Sutherland scored again in the ninth minute, sending a hard shot into the net from about 20-yards out to make it 2-1.
Junior Bailey Decker set up two good Grayson County chances in the 19th minute with centering passes, but one shot went wide of the net, while Knight made a nice stop on the other.
But Sutherland was at it again in the 22nd minute, beating a Wildcat defender on the left side and sending a left-footed rocket past Knight to make it 3-1. In quick succession, Sutherland added two more goals in the 26th and 28th minutes to make it 5-1.
The Wildcats missed a couple of golden opportunities in the 31st minute of play. Priddy stopped one point-blank shot and when the Wildcats controlled the rebound, the Cougar defense stepped up to clear the ball from the zone.
Sutherland, who normally is on the left wing for Grayson County, scored from the right side in the 35th minute to make it 6-1. Then, with less than a minute left in the first half, she took a nice centering pass from sophomore Ashton McMonigal to score again to make it 7-1 at the half.
Three minutes into the second half, junior forward Destiny Heady put a shot off the Wildcat cross bar which caromed right to Sutherland, who put it in again for her final goal of the night making it 8-1
Sutherland then picked up an assist on the final Lady Cougar goal in the 49th minute as her crossing pass to the right post was right on the money to Decker, who put it into the net off her chest to make it 9-1.
With the game well in hand, head coach Rusty Ray made wholesale substitutions, taking out most of his starters. That allowed the visitors to make the final score a little less one-sided. Alexa Walker sent a shot that appeared to deflect off the right upright and bound away, but the officials awarded a goal, saying that the ball had gone through a hole in the net, making it look like a miss.
Franklin-Simpson captain Maddie Alexander had goals in the 64th and 77th minutes, and Walker added another goal in the 72nd minute to make the final score 9-5.
The Lady Cougars (4-1) will travel to Harned on Thursday to take on district rival Breckinridge County(0-4). That game will follow the JV contest which begins at 5 p.m.