After a 24 hour rain delay, the No. 22 state ranked Titans finally got their first chance at revenge Wednesday night against the Danville Admirals (9-7-2), who ended their season the last two years in the 12th Region Championship.
Since then, the teams have been split into two different districts, Danville moving to the 45th District while Mercer welcomed East and West Jessamine into the 46th. As a result, their two regular season meetings and chance of post season match ups have been cut to one late season 12th Region clash.
In familiar fashion, the Titans drew first blood early scoring inside the two minute mark. Alex Bosse collected a rebounded shot off Admirals keeper Matt Oster and beat the downed keeper giving Mercer the 1-0 lead. From there, the Titans continued to control possession, dictating the pace of the game to suit their style of play.
In the 14th minute Landon Souder ran down the ball on Danville’s end line playing it back into the penalty box where Bosse was waiting for his second goal of the match.
Six minutes later, Titan Daniel Steel connected with Souder on a long through ball putting him in a one on one situation with Oster. Souder needed no help this time adding a goal to his previous assist, giving Mercer a 3-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Danville turned up their pressure and began to get looks at the Titan’s goal. Mercer managed to counter their offense with strong defense making each shot attempt a contested one.
Mercer striker Mason Angel took charge of the Titans attack in the second half, displacing Danville defenders on back to back possessions deep in their own territory. Angel punished the Admiral’s defensive lapses with goals on each occasion increasing the Titans lead, 5-0.