Madison Central and Mercer County got into a shootout Thursday night, with the two teams combining for eight goals.
Mercer County came out on top, scoring a 5-3 victory at Bellevue.
The Titans (14-3-1) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead.
Central (6-9) answered with 28:55 to play on a corner kick, with Addison McCoy burying the shot to tie the game.
Six minutes later, Central’s Austin McAlister got the ball on the right side of the field and accelerated past four Mercer County defenders, going straight to goal and hitting the back of the net to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
Mercer County was awarded a penalty kick with 16:40 remaining in the half.
Central goalkeeper Levi Knutson made the save, but Mercer County’s Landon Souder jumped on the rebound and scored to tie the game.
With nine minutes remaining before half, McAlister gave the lead back to Central.
The senior dribbled down the sideline, then cut to the goal, scoring his 12th goal of the season to give the Indians a 3-2 lead at halftime.
Mercer County outscored Central 3-0 in the second half to win 5-3.
Central plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against George Rogers Clark.
Franklin County 1, Model 0
The Model Laboratory boys soccer team suffered just its second loss of the season, falling to Franklin County, 1-0, Thursday night in Frankfort.
Model (9-2) was shutout for the first time since falling 1-0 to Paul Laurence Dunbar on Oct. 20, 2011 in the Region 14 championship game.
Franklin County improves to 9-4-1
Model returns to action at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at home against Corbin. It’s the final home game of the season for the Patriots, who finish the regular season with four-straight road games.
Madison Southern 9, South Laurel 2
Madison Southern bounced back from a recent loss with a 9-2 victory Thursday night at South Laurel.
The Eagles (9-4) scored five goals in the first 10 minutes and cruised to the easy victory.
Tanner Kidwell scored three goals for Southern.
Alex Sipple and Salvador Quintana each scored two goals for the Eagles. Lucas Reynolds and Alex Martin each had a goal.
Southern has now won nine of its past 10 games, outscoring opponents 47-8 during that stretch.
The Eagles return to action at 7:30 p.m. Monday at home against Pulaski County.
Lady Eagles 3, Bourbon County 0
The Madison Southern girls soccer team picked up a 3-0 victory Thursday night at Bourbon County.
Southern (12-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Mikki Clark scored 18 minutes in to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Before half, McKenzie Bicknell added a goal to make it 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Chesney Sipple picked up a goal off a cross from Bicknell.
“We’ve been in a rut the past few games,” Southern coach Katy Cress said. “I think we played with a lot better pace and played a whole lot better to our potential. I think we’re getting things back together.”
Southern returns to action at 6 p.m. Monday at home against Franklin County.