Grayson County’s Lady Cougar soccer team went down without much of a fight Monday night at Ohio County as the Daviess County Lady Panthers shut them out 10-0 in the opening round of the 3rd Region Girls Soccer Tournament, held at Ohio County High School.
The Lady Cougars were without their top scorer on the season as sophomore Kayden Sutherland had to sit out the game after receiving a red card in the championship game of the 11th District Tournament last Thursday against Meade County.
Even if Sutherland had been available, it is unlikely the outcome would have been much different. The Lady Panthers (12-9-1) are a swift, powerful and well-coached team that dominated the game from start to finish. Grayson County was never able to amount any kind of attack which threatened the Panther goal, and the Panthers kept continuous pressure and the Cougar goal on goal keeper Gabby Priddy.
Priddy could not be faulted for her play against the Panthers as she made some very nice saves during the contest, but could not deal with the sheer, overwhelming attack the Panthers put on her goal. Daviess County led 8-0 at the half and quickly ended the game by the mercy rule less than three minutes into the second half.
The Panthers got on the board within the first three minutes of play. On a corner kick, the Panthers put a shot on goal which Priddy stopped but could not control. The loose ball bounded right to the Panther’s Katie Buskill, who shot it into the net to make it 1-0.
Following another Priddy save, the Panthers were threatening again in the 10th minute when Buskill got to a loose ball in front of the Grayson County goal and shot it in to make it 2-0.
Priddy made a spectacular save on a low, hard shot in the 13th minute, but just a few seconds later Bailey Brant scored off a nice pass from Buskill and the Panthers led 3-0.
While the Lady Cougars were still trying to catch their breath, the Panthers scored again less that a minute later with Skyler Walden supplying the goal that made it 4-0.
In the 18th minute, the Panthers were threatening again, with the ball being bounced around just a few yards out of the goal. Madallyn Peveler was finally able to settle the ball and send it into the nets to make it 5-0.
The pace slowed a little at that point and the Lady Cougars were able to keep the attackers at bay, but in the 30th minute the Panthers struck again, this time with Devyn Wimsatt getting to a loose ball, settling it and scoring to make it 6-0.
A couple of minutes later, Daviess scored off a corner kick. Priddy called that she had a loose ball in front of her net, but Janie Massey beat her to it and scored the goal that made it 7-0.
The Panthers had another corner kick in the 35th minute, making it pay as Keely Cenil scored and the Panthers took an 8-0 lead into the half-time intermission.
The game came to a swift end as Natalie Hinchcliffe scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart as the second half began.
Despite the outcome of the regional contest, the Lady Cougars had a successful season finishing with a record of 11-8-1.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.