After defeating Breckinridge County 11-1 in a mercy-rule game on Monday, the Lady Cougar soccer team faced a formidable task on Wednesday when they faced the 11th District’s top-seeded Meade County Lady Waves.
The Waves had defeated the Lady Cougars 4-2 in their only encounter this year and the Lady Cougars were hoping to get a little revenge for that loss, but it was not to be. The Lady Waves got three goals apiece from freshman Kendall Wingler and sophomore Abby Nelson as they rolled past Grayson County 10-2 to capture the championship of the 11th District.
Wingler put her team in front to stay when she took possession of a loose ball in front of the Lady Cougar goal and scored in the ninth minute of play to make it 1-0.
The Lady Cougars hurt themselves in the 20th minute when they were whistled for a hand-ball inside the penalty area. That set up the Lady Waves with a penalty kick, and senior Kourtnie Kersey made good on the shot to make it 2-0.
Wingler had her second goal in the 30th minute, and Nelson had her first two minutes later to put the Lady Waves on top 4-0.
Wingler scored her third goal in the 34th minute and sophomore Isa Lowden scored in the 36th minute to give the Lady Waves a commanding 6-0 lead at the half.
But the Lady Cougars would not go without a fight. Just three minutes into the second half, Kayden Sutherland got behind the Lady Wave defense and took the ball into the penalty area. Meade goalie Elizabeth Burns came way out of her goal and attacked Sutherland with a sliding tackle.
When nothing was called by the head official, Cougar head coach Rusty Ray vehemently protested the no-call, saying Sutherland should have been awarded a penalty kick. While it may have seemed inconsequential with the Lady Cougars already behind 6-0, it proved to matter as just a few minutes later the Lady Cougars rallied.
In the 50th minute, the Lady Cougars were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. Senior Josie Reynolds was selected to take the kick and she was able to put the ball past a Meade County wall and into the goal to make it 6-1.
A minute later, Kari Green sent a ball through the Meade defense to Sutherland, who left-footed the ball past Burns to make it 6-2. Had the Lady Cougars been awarded a penalty kick, they might have cut the Meade lead in half, but it was not to be.
That proved to be the last gasp for the Lady Cougars as the Lady Waves began dominating once more. Nelson added goals in the 59th and 61st minute, the latter coming off a nice assist by Dori Emig, to make it 8-2.
Amanda Thornsberry scored in the 62nd minute and Emig added one last goal in the 64th minute to cap off the Lady Waves’ big night.
Following the game, Green and Sutherland were both named to the 11th District All-Tournament Team. Nelson, Wingler and Emig were all named for the Lady Waves, along with Butler County’s Tori Hampton and Breckinridge County’s Amber Dupin.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.