The Mercer County Titans ended the 2012 regular season by shutting out the Bearcats of Anderson County (9-9), 4-0. It was the Titan’s 10th shutout win of the season for a defense that’s allowing an average of less than a goal a game, .762.
“I feel like we are playing our best soccer when we are focused and ready,” said Mercer Head Coach Matt Vogel. “When we bring that intensity and focus I feel like we can beat any team in the state. When we don’t, anybody can beat us.”
Anderson County did open the game on the attack, testing Titans keeper Slade Ransdell with back to back shots on target with the second bouncing off the crossbar.
Mercer answered with a counter attack started by Landon Souder in Titans territory. A deep ball played by Souder past the Bearcats back line found teammate Alex Bosse in the right corner. Bosse spotted striker Mason Angel cutting near post and played in a cross which Angel finished with his head giving Mercer the 1-0 lead at the 10 minute mark.
Souder’s passing led to another Titans goal six minutes later when he found mid-fielder Daniel Steel cutting behind the Bearcats defense. Steele was able to time his run perfectly, avoiding the off-sides call and beating keeper Jordan Thompson giving Mercer the 2-0 lead.
Angel picked up his second goal of the game seven minutes into the second half increasing the Titans lead, 3-0.