Courtesy photo Boys Soccer in order by last name: Blaine Aubrey, Malaki Clemons, Max Evans, Colton Glenn, Kyler Goostree, Matthew Haycraft, Thomas Haycraft, Miles Hornbeck, Trey Jeffers, Will Johnston, Jackson Kane, Aiden Lee, Cooper Lee, Bahaa Masri, Will Meredith, George Priddy, Jason Powell, Logan Raymer, Curtis Schmidt, Cooper Schultz, Wyatt Schultz, Josh Stevenson, Ethan Thompson, Alex Whitaker, Brady Whobrey.

Courtesy photo

Boys Soccer in order by last name: Blaine Aubrey, Malaki Clemons, Max Evans, Colton Glenn, Kyler Goostree, Matthew Haycraft, Thomas Haycraft, Miles Hornbeck, Trey Jeffers, Will Johnston, Jackson Kane, Aiden Lee, Cooper Lee, Bahaa Masri, Will Meredith, George Priddy, Jason Powell, Logan Raymer, Curtis Schmidt, Cooper Schultz, Wyatt Schultz, Josh Stevenson, Ethan Thompson, Alex Whitaker, Brady Whobrey.

School is back, which means the Grayson County High School boys soccer team is back out on the fields. The Cougars had a solid season last year finishing 11-8, a ten win improvement from 2017, going 3-6 in the region before losing the district final and reaching the second round of regional.

This year, Grayson is aiming even higher, already starting out the season 4-2 with one regional win.

“We are aiming big this year. We are trying to win the district, trying to build our self to make a run at the state tournament,” said Grayson head coach Kenny Fukuhara.

The reason for the high hopes is most of the team from last year's big jump are back for another round, losing just three seniors.

“We have six seniors, we got five juniors. So we a solid core of upper class men in this team.” said Fukuhara “This is my fourth year on the job, so the seniors now were the freshmen when I took the job, and we've been building every year for this season. Just building, building, building.”

Highlighting the returning group are seniors Wyatt Schultz and Mathew Haycraft. Schultz led a flourishing attack last year, scoring 27 of the teams 70 goals and Haycraft was the main provider leading the team with 26 assists.

In 2019 they are already well on their way to passing the 70 goals mark set last season, scoring 31 goals through the five games played so far.

The main deterrent in the Cougars achieving their goals won't be a new one. Despite having most of their squad back for another round, Meade County has been the power house school in recent years.

“Meade County has won our district every year since 2014, so it's been four in a row, and we want to stop that,” said Fukuhara. “This program has only won our district tournament once, we want to be the second. We want to do that. We want to win our district and set ourselves for the regional tournament, see what happens.”

Last year, the Green Wave took home the regular season match up in a penalty shoot out, and then they finished the sweep dominating the Cougars 7-1 in the district final.

Luckily, those losses are long behind Grayson's mind starting out the season strong so far.

“We are doing great things right now, but we can't lose focus on what we want to do,” said Fukuhara. “We are coming along, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Fukuhara has high expectations for his squad, and he wants them playing his way, no matter the opponent.

“We are more than playing just to beat this team, we trying to play a certain way,” said Fukuhara.“You have to lose sight of who you are playing, I don't care who it is, we have to do the things we want to do and that's the only thing that matters.”