The Lady Titans wasted no time kicking off the first game of the season, with new head coach Tony Brown, scoring in the opening 10 minutes of the season.
“It was a good win to start the season with and it being my first game as the head coach makes it even more special,” said Brown.
Brown is entering his fourth season with the high school program, but it is his first year as the Lady Titans head coach.
Mercer’s returning leading scorer from last season, Shannon Murray, picked up where she left off scoring at the eight minute mark against the Lady Warriors. Murray scored again in the 22nd minute giving the Lady Titans a 2-0 lead. Samantha Travillian put Mercer up 3-0 with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Southwestern looked much more focused in the second half holding Mercer scoreless for the majority of the period.
“Southwestern started playing more aggressive in the second half, winning a lot more 50/50 balls than us,” said Brown.
The Lady Warriors were unable to keep Mercer’s offense at bay the entire second period, however. Gentry Brown was able to beat Southwestern keeper Kaylee Shepherd in the 71st minute, breaking the nearly 40 minute scoring drought. The Lady Titans weren’t done scoring, Travillian picked up her second goal of the game four minutes later as Mercer got the win, 5-0.
Team Statistics: shots – 19, shots on target – five, corners – seven, shots conceded – nine, shots on target conceded – three, corners conceded – 4.
The Lady Titans kickoff district competition Tuesday, Aug. 21 against West Jessamine at 7:30 p.m. in Jessamine County. The Lady Colts went 19-7-2 last season advancing to the final four of the state tournament and defeated Boyle County in the elite eight, 1-0.