Lady Titans advance to 46th District Final

Mercer County sophomore Emma Davis, right, battled East Jessamine’s Sarah Rocco, left, for the ball Monday night.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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The Mercer County girls soccer team didn’t let a 22 hour delay stop them from achieving what they have had their eyes set on since Oct. 13, 2014. 

Mercer County’s season came to an end last year in the first round of the 46th District Tournament in a loss to East Jessamine, but this year the Lady Titans returned the favor, downing the Lady Jaguars 2-1 in a game that was delayed with only 12 minutes left on Monday night due to severe weather. 

“We’ve had a bad habit of starting games slow, so I just told them tonight is not the time to start slow,” said Head Coach Tony Brown, when asked what he told his team prior to kickoff with just 12 minutes remaining in the game Tuesday. ”If you are ever going to come out fast, now is the time. And they did.”

After both teams were scoreless in the first half of the game, the Lady Titans finally broke through 10 minutes into the second half.

Alyssa Howard played a perfect cross to the foot of senior Maddie Bartley, who drilled a shot past East Jessamine goalkeeper Sarah Underwood.

“The ball was getting knocked around and Lauren (Goodlett) was able to get the ball back out to Alyssa (Howard) and she had a great cross in and I was just in the right place at the right time,” said Bartley.

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