Playing a rare, boy/girl doubleheader at home on Thursday, both the Lady Cougar and Cougar soccer teams recorded victories.
In the opener, Kayden Sutherland scored the only goal of the game near the end of the first half as the Lady Cougar beat visiting Breckinridge County 1-0.
In the nightcap, four Cougars each scored two goals and Cody Watkins had three as they steamrolled past the Butler County Bears by a mercy-rule score of 12-2.
LADY COUGARS vs. BRECK
The Lady Tigers have only been playing soccer for a couple of years and this year’s team is much improved. They controlled the action in the Lady Cougar end of the field for the first five minutes of action before Grayson County began to exert control.
Sutherland had crossing passes deflected by Breck goalie Abbey McCellion, and she put another shot over the top of the goal. In the 17th minute, Sutherland put a crossing pass toward the Breck goal which caromed off the right upright.
With less than a minute to play in the first half, a Lady Cougar shot on goal was deflected by a Breck defender. Coming across to the far left post, Sutherland got her left foot to the ball and rocketed it past McCellion to give the Lady Cougars a 1-0 lead at the half. It was Sutherland’s 23rd goal of the year
That would turn out to be the only goal of the contest, though the Lady Tigers had an excellent chance to tie things in the 60th minute of play. The Lady Cougars were whistled for a foul inside the 18-foot penalty area, awarding the Lady Tigers a penalty kick. But Lindsey Roberts’ kick sailed over the cross bar, preserving Grayson County’s lead.
Breck had one last scoring opportunity with just four minutes left to play when keeper Gabby Priddy was whistled on a goal kick for being past the 18-yard line, thus giving the Lady Tigers a free kick from just outside the box. Roberts took the shot, but Priddy came up with a stop to preserve the shutout.
With the win, the Lady Cougars improved their record to 6-1 on the season.
COUGARS vs. BEARS
Grayson County got a pair of goals each from Carson Zurmehly, Dylan Logsdon, exchange student Seong Dong Lee, and Connor Schultz, and got three from Watson as the Cougars trounced the visiting Bears. Schultz added five assists as well.
But it was little-used senior Nick Mudd, who put the finishing touches on the mercy-rule game by scoring on a penalty kick in the 69th minute of play.
Grayson County wasted little time in scoring the first goal of the game. Inside the first minute of play, Logsdon sent a perfect corner kick to the near post, where Zurmehly put a head to the ball and sent it into the net to make it 1-0.
In the eighth minute of play, Schultz took a free kick from about 25 yards out, passing the ball to Lee, who rifled a shot past Bear keeper Dylan Inglis to make it 2-0. That same combination clicked again two minutes later to make it 3-0.
In the 27th minute of play, the referee could easily have whistled the Bears for a penalty kick, but instead awarded the Cougars an indirect free kick from about 10 yards to the left of the Bear goal. Schultz then put a pass in front of the Bear net, which Logsdon turned into a goal to made it 4-0.
The Bears got on the board in the 33rd minute when they sent a long ball forward, into the box. Cougar goalie, Jack Davis came out to get the ball, but it was deflected by a Cougar defender right to the Bears’ Cameron Price, who put it in to make it 4-1.
Grayson County scored twice more before the end of the half. Zurmehly got his second goal unassisted in the 38th minute to make it 5-1. With just a few seconds left in the half, Schultz was tripped as he brought the ball toward the goal and was awarded a penalty kick. Schultz’s shot banged off the left upright, but went in to make it 6-1 at the break.
Grayson County scored twice, just seconds apart in the 46th minute of play. Watkins scored the first of his three goals off a Schultz cross, and Logsdon scored unassisted to make it 8-1.
Schultz scored his second goal of the night in the 50th minute off a Logsdon corner kick to make it 9-1.
The Bears scored a minute later, with Ernest Lee scoring off a pass from Price and it was 9-2.
Watkins added goals two and three just minutes apart to push the lead to 11-2 in the 68th minute. A little over a minute later, the Bears fouled Schultz in the penalty area again, setting up the penalty kick that would end the game.
With lots of subs on the field, head coach Tony Embry pointed to the senior, Mudd, to take the shot. The seldom-used Mudd stepped up and slashed the ball into the right corner to end the game and send the players and fans on the sidelines into a wild frenzy of congratulations.
Grayson County improves to 3-7 on the year with the win and Butler County drops to 1-8.
Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.