The Cougar varsity soccer team picked up a shutout win on Monday, defeating the visiting Hart County Raiders 2-0 to improve to 4-7 for the season.
In the opening JV game, the Cougars could manage just one shot on goal and fell to the Raiders by a score of 3-0.
Grayson County was controlling the action in the early going of the first half, with the Cougars getting good looks but not connecting. In the fifth minute of play, senior Zac Williams burst through the middle and blasted a crossing shot that beat Raider goalie Dylan Hawkins for what appeared to be the Cougars’ first goal, but Williams was flagged for being offside.
The action then evened out, with the Raiders beginning to get their attack together and threatening the Cougar goal. The action was end-to-end for several minutes, with neither side being able to gain an advantage.
But the Cougars finally got on the board in the 20th minute. Senior Dylan Logsdon brought the ball deep into the Raider end, just outside the eight-yard box. Turning, he fired the ball to junior Connor Schultz moving up the middle. Schultz got off a sizzling, left-footed shot that Hawkins got a hand on but could not control. The ball skipped off his hands and into the left side of the net to make it 1-0 in favor of the Cougars.
Both teams were able to pressure the other team’s goal in the remaining minutes of the first half. The Raiders had a free kick in the 31st minute just outside the penalty area, but Will Chapman’s attempt sailed high over the goal. The half ended with the Cougars clinging to their one-goal lead.
The Raiders were on the attack in the 44th minute and sent a hard shot at the Cougar goal, but keeper Jack Davis was able to stop it. Two minutes later, Hawkins outraced freshman Cody Watkins to a ball sent through the middle to stop a Cougar attack.
But just a couple minutes later, Watkins hit pay dirt. Taking a nice pass from Logsdon, Watkins beat Hawkins on his left side and the Cougars could breathe a little easier with a 2-goal lead.
The Raiders nearly got on the board in the 50th minute when they sent a hard, high shot from the right side toward the Cougar goal. Davis just got a finger on the ball, deflecting it enough that it banged off the cross-bar and bounded away. Grayson County was able to keep the visitors out of the net the rest of the way to preserve the shutout.
Schultz just missed a second goal in the 61st minute when his shot from about 15 yards out went just outside the right post.
Watkins also had a good chance in the 69th minute. With Hawkins occupied on the left side of his goal, a pass to Watkins gave him a chance at an empty goal, but his shot sailed high.
In the JV contest, taking advantage of a Cougar defensive mistake in the 12th minute of the first half, the Raiders’ Cameron Tennyson scored off a nice pass from Brady Hurt to put the Raiders ahead 1-0. That was how the first half ended.
Grayson County had its only shot on goal of the night in the fifth minute, but it was stopped easily by Raider goal keeper Ethan Chenowith.
The Raiders added two more goals in the second half. In the 32nd minute, Braydon Bell sent a beautiful cross in front to Hugo Arce, who beat goalie Brady Whobrey to make it 2-0.
With less than a minute to play in the game, Ari Brelig sent a strong cross from the right corner that Tennyson got to and put in for his second goal of the game, making the final score 3-0.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.