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Titans give up late goal; Colts take district

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff

Junior goalie Johnny Johnston makes the save and clears the ball up field during Mercer’s loss to West Jess on Thursday, Oct. 12. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

After splitting the season series with their district rivals, the Mercer County Titans (9-9-3) soccer team lost a heartbreaker to the West Jessamine Colts (13-6-1) in the 46th district championship game on Thursday, Oct. 12, by a final score of 1-0.

Freshman Amsalu Kinnell broke the 0-0 tie with just 15 minutes left in the match.

It was a physical match, with yellow cards being handed out on both sides. Senior Brandon Ballard and junior Kola Raskin each received yellow cards during the match for the Titans.

Junior Johnny Johnston started in goal for the Titans. Johnston replaced junior Jacob Cruz in the middle of the Titans’ match against Lexington Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Johnston was busy early on in the game, but made key saves whenever it looked like the Colts were going to put the ball in the back of the net. Although Johnston gave up the eventual game-winning goal, he played flawless in goal before that, according to his Head Coach Garrett Stark.

“I just thought in the first half, we needed more shots. I definitely think we need to get more scoring opportunities and score goals. You can’t win games if you don’t score,” said Stark.

To learn more, check out this week’s issue of The Harrodsburg Herald.

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