The Cougar soccer team made their trip to Munfordville on Monday a happy one as they came home with a 9-2 strafing of the Hart County Raiders.
Senior Conner Schultz had a banner day for the Cougars firing in nine goals and adding an assist as Grayson County dominated play from start to finish. Seniors Caleb Powell and Carson Zurmehly added single goals for the Cougars.
The Cougars got on the board first when, in the eighth minute of play, Schultz took the ball deep into the corner to the left of the Raider goal. Schultz sent a crossing pass toward the goal, where Powell was in perfect position to get a foot on the ball and send it into the nets to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Dawson Young just missed a goal in the 10th minute of play when Hart goalie Matthew Branstetter was able to get his hands on Young’s shot and deflect it off the cross bar.
But the Cougars made it 2-0 in the 18th minute when they scored off a corner kick. Cody Watkins took the corner and sent the ball to Zurmehly, who deposited it into the net.
All the rest of the goals were scored by Schultz. Just before the half, Powell sent a ball through to Schultz from near midfield and the Cougar forward beat Branstetter to make it 3-0 at the break.
At the start of the second half, Zurmehly was awarded a free kick following a Hart foul about 25 yards in front of the Raider goal. Branstetter was able to stop Zurmehly’s shot, but the rebound went right to Schultz and he put it in the goal to make it 4-0.
In the 49th minute, Schultz gained control of the ball near the midfield stripe. He maneuvered his way past defenders until he was one-on-one with Branstetter and he beat the Hart goalie with a shot into the right corner of the net to make it 5-0.
Hart got on the board in the 57th minute when the Cougars were whistled for a foul in the Raider penalty area. Hart’s Ben Nichols was tabbed to take the penalty kick and he beat the Cougars’ Jack Davis to make it 5-1.
Schultz got that goal back just a couple minutes later. Taking the ball down the right wing, Schultz sent a crossing shot past Branstetter that bounced off the far post and into the net to make it 6-1.
In the 64th minute, Young won a ball in the midfield and attacked down the right side. Young sent a crossing pass to Schultz, who took the ball in on goal and scored again to make it 7-1.
Schultz took a through pass from Zurmehly in the 66th minute and scored past Branstetter to make it 8-1.
Watkins put a ball on goal in the 67th minute that Branstetter was able to stop, but not control. The ball caromed off Branstetter’s hands right to Schultz, who put the rebound back into the net to make it 9-1.
The Raiders scored the final goal of the night with just minutes left to play. Davis went high trying to head a ball out of the Cougar 8-yard box, but only managed to send the ball backwards. Hart’s Jonah Carter was credited with the goal, though it was really an own-goal by Davis.
Grayson County improved to 7-5-4 with the win while Hart County fell to 4-8.