The Grayson County High School Boys Soccer team pose with their 11th district Championship trophy after beating Meade County 1-0 in Thursday's final.  (Jose Juan Ruiz)

The Grayson County High School Boys Soccer team pose with their 11th district Championship trophy after beating Meade County 1-0 in Thursday's final.

(Jose Juan Ruiz)

The Cougars took home the 11th district championship Thursday night, beating their soccer rivals Meade County 1-0 on the road.

Matthew Haycraft scored the only goal of the match in the 11th minute, and the Cougars defended their lead the rest of the match, handling the opposing fans, hard fouls and the Green Waves' constant pressure to take the silverware.

“We've been working all year for this, all summer, all spring, all winter really, and this is what these guys deserve,” said Grayson's head coach, Kenny Fukuhara, after the win. “I told them in the beginning of the year, 'If you put in the work good things will happen.'”

It's the Cougars second title in their history and marks a huge step for the program that finished 2017 2-16. The win also gave Grayson some sweet revenge from last year's 7-1 defeat in the final against Meade.

Grayson had an up-down regular season, finishing the year with a 12-6-2 record, but they put an exclamation point on it by picking up the big win in the district final.

“For a while it was a tough going for us, we had a lot of guys quit, a lot of kids leave the team. Having to play different formations, different personnel,” said Fukuhara. “But the one thing that stayed the same was our goal. We always had our goal in our mind, and this is what we wanted to accomplish; this is what these five seniors wanted to accomplish.”

In the two years Fukuhara has had the job, he has completely changed the program, but he wants to make sure Thursday's win isn't just a one night thing.

“We have had a team since 2001, and in 18 years this is just the second one. The one thing I want them to realize is how much work it took to get to this point,” he said. “That's the next step, is making sure that we don't fall off. We want to continue getting better, and we dont want to give up this trophy back to their hands. We want to keep it year after year after year.”

Next up for the Cougars will be waiting for the regional bracket to come out to find out who their next opponent is. While Grayson may have reached their goal, they are in the mood to keep the party going.

“When I came into this job I had a goal in mind: my goal was win the district tournament. Now our goal is, 'Can we compete next week against those teams from Owensboro?'” said Fukuhara. “We have to continue working. It's going to take years, but we have set up a good foundation, and we are rising to where we want to go.”

After the game, Wyatt Schultz, Haycraft, Brady Whobrey and Logan Raymer were named to the All-11th District tournament team before the team received the trophy and bathed Coach Fukuhara with the water cooler in celebration.