Playing their final regular season game at home, the Lady Cougar soccer team made Senior Night a successful one, beating visiting Hart County 4-1.
It was a big win for the Lady Cougars after a stretch of games where they did not play exceptionally well. And despite having Hart County control the ball in the Grayson County end of the field for much of the early going, it was the Lady Cougars who jumped out to the halftime advantage.
Both teams had early opportunities, but neither could get a ball home, but in the 26th minute, the Lady Cougars clicked.
Sophomore Gabriella Shartzer sent a ball toward the Hart goal which was deflected by goal keeper Korinne Zamora across the end line, giving the Lady Cougar a corner kick.
Morgan Uebelacker took the corner, and sent a ball into the Hart County goal mouth. After the ball was batted around a few times, junior Bailey Reed controlled it and sent a ball toward the net. With several players between Reed and Zamora, the Hart keeper never saw the ball until it sailed past her and settled just inside the far post for the goal to make it 1-0.
In the 33rd minute of play, senior Kendra Goodman had an excellent chance. She took the ball in all alone toward the Raider goal, but her shot from about 20 yards sailed high over the goal as she shouted in frustration.
But a few minutes later, Goodman’s frustration ended as she took a pass from Reed and launched a shot that sailed over Zamora’s outstretched arms, into the back of the net to make it 2-0 for the Lady Cougars.
Neither team scored in the remaining minutes and it stayed at 2-0 at the half.
Just a minute into the half, Reed missed a good chance for another goal as her shot went just wide of the net.
In the 55th minute of play, the Lady Cougars got a break, when the Raiders were called for committing a foul in the penalty area. Uebelacker took the ensuing penalty kick and beat Zamora on her left side to make it 3-0 in favor of Grayson County.
The Lady Cougars kept applying pressure on the Hart County goal, and it paid off a little over a minute later in another goal. A Uebelacker shot caromed off a Hart County defender, and Reed put the rebound back in the net to make it a 4-0 contest.
The Raiders came right back down the field to get their only score of the game. Anna Byers took the ball past several Grayson County defenders and put a shot on goal that eluded the grasp of Lady Cougar goal keeper Emily Strader to make it a 4-1 game.
That would be all the scoring, though Hart County fought back hard with several chances in the Grayson County end before the final whistle.
With the win, the Lady Cougars improved to 12-2-1 for the season. They are scheduled to play their final game of the season next Monday afternoon at North Hardin. That game is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. central time.