The Cougar soccer team fell to 5-5-1 on the season with a 2-0 loss to the visiting Franklin-Simpson Wildcats on Saturday at the Cougar soccer field.
In an earlier game, the JV squad also lost to the Wildcats, 3-0.
The Cougars started well, having a couple of chances in the opening minutes, including a hard, point-blank shot from Lane Decker that was stopped by the Wildcat goalie.
But as time wore on, the Wildcats began dominating play, holding the ball in the Cougar end of the field and bringing all 10 players inside the mid-line by the end of the game.
The Wildcats caught an early break in the ninth minute of play. A long shot, from about 30 yards out on the left side, by Troy Monnier caromed off the hands of Cougar goal keeper Jonathan Reynolds, banged off the right upright and bounced into the goal to make it 1-0.
That would be all the scoring in the first half. Reynolds made a nice save in the 28th minute following a Wildcat free kick from about 25 yards.
The Wildcats were putting intense pressure on the Cougar goal in the final minute of the first half when Grayson County was whistled for a foul in the penalty are, giving the Wildcats a penalty kick.
Junior Cody Blake lined up to take the shot, but Reynolds was able to make a stop on it. The ball flew straight up off Reynolds’ hands and as Blake closed in looking for a rebound try, Reynolds was able to control the ball to keep things at 1-0 at the half.
The Wildcats continued to dominate play in the second half, but the Cougars were able to keep them frustrated until the 65th minute of play. Following a Cougar foul, the Wildcats were awarded a free kick about 30 yards out. Nick Ferguson took the kick and put a ball right on goal. Reynolds made a diving stop on the ball, but could not control it. The rebound went to Clark Feckter who shot it in to make it 2-0.
The Cougars’ best chance for a goal came with less than five minutes remaining when Bryan Gil, recently returned to the team, maneuvered through the Wildcat defense and put a hard shot on goal which banged off the left upright and bounded away. Gil got the rebound, but his ensuing shot was well wide.
Grayson County could not muster another attack and the Wildcats celebrated their win.