After leading 3-1 at halftime, the Lady Cougar soccer team needed a late goal from Kayden Sutherland to salvage a 5-5 tie in last Saturday’s Senior Day game against visiting Warren East.
It was kind of an odd first half as the visitors controlled the action for much of the half but trailed at the half.
Grayson County scored first off a counter attack. After the Lady Raiders had a shot go wide of the mark in the second minute of play, the Lady Cougars quickly got the ball down to the Warren East end.
Sophomore Keisha Dennis took the ball in on goal and sent a crossing pass toward the left post, where Sutherland took it and sent a left-footed shot across the goal mouth, past goalie Calyn Howard to make it 1-0.
Over the next 20 minutes or more, the Lady Raiders kept the ball in the Grayson County end, with the Lady Cougars unable to sustain an attack.
In the 21st minute Grayson County finally got a good rush, with Sutherland bringing the ball in on the left side, only to see her crossing shot miss wide right.
Four minutes later, Sutherland again brought the ball down the left side and sent a crossing shot on goal. A diving Howard was able to deflect the ball away, but could not control it. The ball continued across to the right post, where Dennis was all alone and she chipped it into the net from about two feet out to make it 2-0.
The visitors got on the board in the 30th minute. Bringing the ball up the middle of the Cougar defense, sophomore Haley Elrod took the ball in on Cougar goalie Gabby Priddy, who came out of her net to try cutting down the angle. But Elrod was able to slip it past to make it 2-1.
The combination of Dennis and Sutherland clicked again in the 33rd minute. Controlling the ball near mid-field, Dennis shot a pass through the center of the Warren East defense to Sutherland, who was able to take it in in front of the defenders and beat Howard to make it 3-1.
The Lady Raiders scored first in the second half on a ball that should have been stopped. In the 45th minute, sophomore Haley Eller took a shot from outside the 18-yard box that bounced two or three times before reaching the goal. Somehow Priddy had the ball slip by her and into the net to make it 3-2.
Some Grayson County miscommunication led to the Raiders scoring the tying goal in the 50th minute. East was awarded a corner kick and on the ensuing scramble in front of the Cougar goal, Priddy called for the ball, only to have one of her teammates clear the ball away across the end-line, giving the Raiders another corner on the other side.
The ball was sent into the front of the goal, where it ping-ponged around several times inside the 8-yard box before Elrod was able to get a foot to it and send it into the net.
The Cougars answered right back, though, scoring in the 53rd minute to retake the lead. Mid-fielder Bailey Decker sent a ball ahead to a wide-open Lauren Bennett on the right side. Bennett took the ball toward the goal before sending a crossing pass to Sutherland, who was able to beat Howard on her left side to make it 4-3.
That lead did not last long, though, as the Cougars were whistled for a foul inside the penalty area in the 57th minute and the Raiders were awarded a penalty kick. Elrod took the kick and beat Priddy to tie things at 4-4.
East just missed grabbing the lead in the 70th minute when a shot whanged off the crossbar. Five minutes later, they did take a 5-4 lead as Eller assisted Haylee Glenn with a goal.
In desperation mode, the Cougars broke through a minute later as Sutherland brought the ball down the left side and blasted a shot past a diving Howard that settled into the right side of the goal to tie things 5-5.
With just a few minutes remaining, both teams tried for the winner but neither could make it happen.
This game completed the regular season for the Lady Cougars and they take a 10-6-1 record into this week’s 11th District Tournament, being held at Meade County. Grayson County was scheduled to play Breckinridge County (0-12) on Tuesday, with the winner of that game to face Meade County (6-6-2) on Thursday for the championship
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.