Playing games on Saturday and Monday, the Lady Cougar soccer team had a win and a tie to show for their efforts.
On Saturday, Grayson County got four goals from senior Morgan Uebelacker and two each from senior Bailey Reed and junior Haley Brooks as they shut out visiting Barren County 8-0.
On Monday against visiting Warren East, the Lady Cougars were readying themselves for a hard-fought, 1-0 victory when the Lady Raiders scored a nearly impossible goal with just over a minute remaining to tie the game 1-1.
The Lady Cougars are now 7-5-1 on the season.
The Lady Cougars were in control of this game from the start and held the ball in the Barren County end for most of the game. The Trojanettes never put a shot onto the Grayson County goal.
Reed got the scoring started in the sixth minute of play after Brooks had brought the ball up the right side into the Barren end. Brooks got the ball to Uebelacker, who passed it to Reed in front of the Barren goal. Her hard shot rocketed past Barren goalie Hannah Vincent and into the left side of the net to make it 1-0.
Five minutes later the Lady Cougars were on the board again. Uebelacker battled for and won the ball near the 18-yard line. She brought it forward a few yards and sent a shot toward the goal, past the lunging Vincent on her right. The ball then hit the left upright and caromed into the net to make it 2-0.
Less than two minutes later, Uebelacker brought a ball up the left and got it to Reed in the center and the senior put in a shot from about 25 yards out to make it 3-0.
The Lady Cougars kept pressure on the Barren goal over the next 10 minutes, but could not get anything more in the goal. But in the 23rd minute, Uebelacker sent a crossing shot to a wide-open Brooks on the right side. Brooks sent a shot across the goal mouth from the right side, into the left side of the net to make it 4-0.
In the 27th minute of play, the Lady Cougars had a throw-in down inside the Barren end of the field. Reed threw the ball in to Uebelacker on the left side, and she took it past several defenders and shot it past Vincent to make it 5-0.
Grayson County was still not done. In the 30th minute, Uebelacker won control of the ball near the left corner in the Barren end. She sent a long, crossing pass toward the goal which Vincent got a hand on, but could not control. Brooks got a foot to the loose ball in front and put it into the net to make it 6-0, which was the score at the half.
To their credit, the Trojanettes held the Lady Cougars scoreless the remaining 10 minutes of the first half and the first nine of the second before giving up another goal. In the 49th minute, Uebelacker took a shot from inside the 18-yard line which bounced off a Barren defender. The deflection went right back to Uebelacker, who fired it in to make it a 7-0 game.
Uebelacker was fouled in the 58th minute just outside the penalty area and set up to take the free kick. Barren set up a wall, but Uebelacker’s kick went over it toward the goal, but this time Vincent was up to the task and made a fine stop to thwart the Lady Cougar forward.
Barren kept denying the Lady Cougars, though they had several more opportunities. But in the 69th minute Uebelacker got to a bouncing ball which was headed toward the Barren goal and chipped it over Vincent’s outstretched arms and into the goal to make it 8-0.
Grayson County had one more good scoring opportunity in the 72nd minute. Reed fed Uebelacker near the Barren goal, but her shot hit the left upright and bounded away and the teams closed out the game without more scoring.
The Lady Cougars were looking to avenge an earlier 3-1 loss to the Lady Raiders at the end of August in Bowling Green.
Deciding to play a defensive game to keep the visitors off the scoreboard, Grayson County packed it in in the East end of the field, and only came forward on balls sent forward from mid-field.
Though the Lady Raiders held the ball in the Cougars end of the field for much of the first half, the strategy worked as they held the Lady Raiders to a 0-0 tie at the half. East threatened the Grayson goal in the 18th minute, holding the ball in front for several nervous seconds before the Lady Cougar defense finally cleared it away.
The two teams continued to battle in the opening minutes of the second half with neither team being able to gain an advantage. But in the 58th minute, Uebelacker put the Lady Cougars ahead. Taking a throw-in from Gabriella Shartzer, Uebelacker brought the ball in from the right side toward the East goal. She was able to dribble past several defenders before getting the shot from about 15 yards out and beating the Lady Raider goalie to make it 1-0.
With that goal on the board, head coach Rusty Ray had his team go into an even stronger defensive mode. Time after time, the Lady Cougars were able to stave off rushes by the Lady Raider forwards. Junior Holly Hayes had a terrific game at the defensive end, as did senior Emily Strader.
As the closing moments ticked off the clock, Ray made numerous substitutions at the back end, hoping to keep his defensive players fresh. It was all working flawlessly until the visitors worked a miracle.
With a little over a minute to go, the Lady Raiders penetrated deep into the right corner of the Grayson end. Forward Taylor Beals took a shot from about 25 yards out that had to be just a few yards inside the back line, nearly even with the Cougar goal. Somehow the ball curved in just enough to catch the back post and bounce into the goal to tie the game.
In a state of shock, the Lady Cougars had one last chance in the East end of the field, but were whistled for a foul. East took control and was able to run out the clock on the disappointed Lady Cougars.