Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer/awarren@messenger-inquirer.com Grayson County's Christian Dennis moves up the ball against Apollo's Lucas Rigling during soccer match on Monday night at Apollo High School.

Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer/awarren@messenger-inquirer.com Grayson County's Christian Dennis moves up the ball against Apollo's Lucas Rigling during soccer match on Monday night at Apollo High School.

BY MARK MATHIS

Messenger-Inquirer

It was a game for trying some different things when Apollo High School beat visiting Grayson County 3-0 in boys' soccer on Monday.

"We've been working on a few different things as far as positions, different runs, we tried some of that out," Apollo Coach Ryan Poirier said. "It's a work in progress. I played all 23 on varsity tonight, played them all a decent amount of minutes, I was trying to get some kids in that don't usually get in. Wasn't too worried about if we scored two goals, 10 goals, just get everybody in, get some more experience for the guys.

"I like the fact that I subbed all the guys in and we still had the ball, everybody came in, did their job."

Yanuyo Ton scored Apollo's first goal off an assist from Jacob Gillim in the fourth minute. Yo Shi Ya scored on a penalty kick in the 26th minute. Justin Gillim scored off a pass from his brother Jacob Gillim in the 49th minute.

It was the first goal of the season for Justin Gillim.

"It was all of our wings who scored, we've worked on that," Poirier said. "I would like to have multiple people score. I think we're very dangerous if we get the ball wide."

Apollo is now 4-2-1, with nearly every match being very close. Poirier thought it was good for his team to have a little breathing room. The only other match with any distance on the scoreboard was a 6-3 win over Meade County.

"We needed a game where we could pass it around a little bit, keep the ball, get our heads up, find some people," Poirier said. "We've played really good teams and we've played really close, tight matches. We had the ball a lot tonight."

Apollo took 18 shots on goal with 12 corner kicks.

The Eagles take on No. 6 and unbeaten Daviess County on Thursday.

Grayson County is 0-4 and looking for improvement.

The Cougars lost 11-1 to Daviess County to open the season.

"We started off with Daviess County the first game of the year, it was 3-1, we got tired, they ended up putting it on us," Grayson County Coach Kenny Fukuhara said. "Tonight, I've been preaching to my kids keep it simple. The simpler they play, the more we're going to be able to move the ball and the less we have to play defense. They gave me a lot of effort, a lot of intensity."

Fukuhara thinks playing tougher teams from Owensboro will help Grayson County later in the season.

"Coming to Owensboro playing some of these schools, (Apollo) is a great team, they just beat Owensboro, they're going to challenge Daviess County," Fukuhara said. "I want my kids to see the best, what it takes to get to that level, that's where we want to go. I feel like playing the good teams will only help us."