Members of the Mercer County soccer team heard whispers after defeating Woodford County (9-3-1), 2-1, in late August. Some of those whispers where good, others calling the win a fluke.
A rematch of the two teams in the Colonel Classic last weekend gave the Titans another chance to prove it was talent, not luck that earned them the win, and that’s exactly what they did.
Mercer opened the Classic with a close 2-1 win over the Indians of Montgomery County (6-6-2) before facing their toughest opponent of the year, the number three ranked team in the state, the Henry Clay Blue Devils (8-3-2), 1-0. Their win over the Indians put 16th ranked Mercer and the 11th ranked Yellow Jackets on the field for the rematch, this time on neutral ground.
It was all Titans in the first half, striking and catching fire early and often. Within the first 10 minutes of play, Landon Souder made his way behind the Woodford defense, beating the keeper in the right corner of the goal putting Mercer up, 1-0.
Minutes later, a quickly taken throw in by Titans’ Corey Brown over the Yellow Jacket’s defense put Souder in another one on one with the keeper ending in his second goal of the match.
With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Souder connected with Alex Bosse who scored giving Mercer a 3-0 lead going into halftime. Woodford County did get on the score board in the 70th minute, but it was too little, too late as the Titans got the win, 3-1.
“The team showed tremendous heart after two tough games yesterday against Montgomery County and Henry Clay,” coach Vogel said. “Woodford County is a strong team and well-coached, so it is nice for us to come out and play well against a really good team.”