Mercer soccer makes a dent

It isn’t really news any more when a Boyle County or Danville soccer team shows up in the statewide coaches poll, only because that has happened with increasing regularity in recent years. But when another local team — any other local team — gets a sniff of the top 25, that’s a headline.

That’s the case this week with the Mercer County boys, who made their debut  among the “others receiving votes” in the latest poll. It’s not quite like being ranked, but it’s not bad for a team that has been perhaps the area’s most improved over the last two or three years.

The Titans are 9-2-1 with eight shutout wins, including four in the last five days at Pulaski County’s Pulaski Hyundai Challenge Cup, where they’ll play for the championship Saturday.

They have lost 5-1 to Boyle, which is currently ranked 21st, and 5-2 to unranked Western Hills. Other significant tests on their schedule are a Sept. 22 game against Danville (also among the others receiving votes) and their Oct. 6 season finale against No. 3 Woodford County, both at home.

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