Grayson County’s boys soccer team came into Wednesday’s 11th District final against host Meade County as the tournament’s top seed, based on its 4-1 win over the Green Wave in the first game of the regular season.
But the Cougars faced an entirely different team in the district final as the Waves dominated play to win the district title 8-0 in Brandenburg.
The Green Wave controlled the action from start to finish and frustrated the Cougars time after time, never allowing them to get anything started and only allowing a couple of Cougar shots on goal the entire game.
Offensively the Waves were nearly perfect, executing crisp, sharp passes that ultimately ended with Meade goals. Cougar freshman goalie Carson Zurmehley was good on the night, stopping shot after shot, but the sheer volume of shots meant that some of them were bound to go in.
Grayson County held off the Meade pressure for most of the first half, but in the 19th minute gave up the only goal the Waves would need. The Waves put several shots on goal, but were turned away until freshman Anthony Hendrix sent the ball to senior Daniel Orr, who put it in to make it 1-0.
That seemed to open the floodgates for the Waves. A minute later the waves executed a beautiful scoring play when sophomore Gabe Riggs sent a long, curving pass to a streaking Alec Melchor at the Cougars’ left upright. Melchor settled the ball as he took it across the goal mouth and shot it into the right side of the net to make it 2-0.
Four minutes later, the Waves made it 3-0 on the first of two goals from senior Austin Schroeder. In the 38th minute, senior Chris DeJesus got in on the scoring with the first of his two goals on the night to make it 4-0.
Schroeder gave the Waves a 5-0 halftime lead when he scored again in the 38th minute, coming in from the left for an unassisted goal.
Schroeder picked up an assist in the 51st minute with a nice centering pass to DeJesus to make it 6-0.
With the game well in hand, the Waves added goals in the 70th minute from Christian Cox and in the 78th minute from Joe Psyck to make the final score 8-0.
Grayson County seniors Brett Majors and Brent Crawford were named to the All-Tournament team following the game.