After seeing their eight-game winning streak snapped last week in a 4-2 loss at Meade County, the Lady Cougar soccer team got back on the winning track with a lopsided, 10-0 mercy-rule game against the visiting Monroe County Lady Falcons.
Junior forward Kayden Sutherland scored times to bring her total for the season to 28 goals. Junior foreign exchange student, Kari Green, had four goals bringing her total for the year to 43, which is among the leading scorers in the state. The other goal was scored by senior Lauren Bennett.
The offense seemed able to score at will against the lowly Lady Falcons, 3-12 for the year. Defensively, the Lady Cougars were impenetrable and did not allow a single shot on goal. Freshman goal tender Laura Vincent recorded her eighth shutout of the season.
The Lady Cougars (10-4) got on the board in the sixth minute of play when Green took a perfect crossing pass from Sutherland to score the first goal of the game. Two minutes later, Sutherland returned the favor, setting up Green’s goal with a well-placed assist to make it 2-0.
With the 8-yard box filled with Lady Cougar attackers and Monroe County defenders, Bennett was able to get a shot deflect off the leg of a Monroe defender and find its way into the net to make it 3-0 in the 12th minute of play.
Green and Sutherland scored back-to-back, unassisted goals in the 21st and 22nd minutes to make it 5-0.
Monroe County was called for a foul in the penalty area in the 31st minute of play, and senior Taylor Glenn was selected to take the penalty kick. But Monroe goalie, Payton Houchens, who made several eye-opening saves during the game, turned Glenn aside.
Houchens was unlucky in the 33rd minute of play after stopping Green who was in all alone following a beautiful through-pass. Houchens was able to knock aside Green’s initial shot, but when the rebound went right back to Green, she put the second shot home to make it 6-0.
In the 38th minute of play, senior Bailey Decker took a ball deep into the corner to the right of the Monroe goal and sent a crossing pass which was spot on to Sutherland at the far post and she put it in the net to make it 7-0.
In the final minute of play before the half, the Lady Falcons were whistled for another foul in the penalty area and Lady Cougar senior Josie Reynolds was chosen to take the penalty kick. Once again, Houchens brushed aside the kick to keep the score the same.
Just seconds later, however, the combination of Sutherland to Green clicked again and the Lady Cougars took an 8-0 lead into the halftime intermission.
Needing just two more goals to end the game by the mercy rule, the Lady Cougars quickly went to work. In the 44th minute, senior Destiny Heady made a beautiful pass to Green behind the Monroe defense. Green took the ball toward the goal and passed to Sutherland, who put it in the goal to make it 9-0.
Finally, in the 51st minute, the Lady Cougars were pressuring the Monroe goal once again. Green had a clear shot for her fifth goal, but whiffed a bit on her shot. She got just enough of the ball to send it to Sutherland, who hit the back of the net for the game-ender.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.