Hensley Saves the Day

Mercer County Lady Titans goalkeeper Kailee Hensley dove to save the ball in a shootout against East Jessamine Thursday night.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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Mercer County Lady Titans Soccer Coach Tony Brown wasn’t necessarily happy about the way his team played Thursday night, but he was pleased with the result, a victory over district rival East Jessamine in a shootout.

The Lady Titans dominated the first game between the two teams, winning 6-0 on Sept. 1. On Thursday, though, East Jessamine made sure early they weren’t going to get shutout again. They started the scoring early with a goal by Kaitlyn Maricle on a corner kick by Susannah Terrazas.

But the Lady Titans responded with three goals of their own in the first half, as Faith Lake netted one goal and Chelsea Moore added two.

After such a strong showing in the first half, the second was completely opposite for the Lady Titans.

Maricle scored her second goal for East Jessamine midway through the half and the Lady Jaguars tied it at 3 with four minutes remaining on a goal by Kaitlyn Simpson.

The final four minutes of the game were dominated by East Jessamine, but Mercer goalkeeper Kailee Hensley and the Mercer County defense were determined not to lose.

After two overtime periods with no goals, the game went to a shootout. Brown said he felt confident his team would win with Hensley in the goal.

“Kailee is a veteran goalkeeper and I knew that when it came down to it, she would step up,” said Brown. “She was a little shaky in the second half, but there wasn’t any doubt in my mind that she would come through for us.”

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