"I believe we were taking too many touches on the ball," Danville coach Gary Reynolds said. "That's what we talked about at halftime: Limiting the touches on the ball, releasing the ball, delivering the ball early instead of holding and holding it. It just takes too much time."
Danville didn't waste much time in the second half, getting on the scoreboard in the 48th minute when Jeff Ricker's corner kick found Gay for a header and a 1-0 lead.
"I was just trying to get a head on it," Gay said. "It was a perfectly placed ball and I just put it in."
That goal seemed to loosen the Admirals up, as their passes started finding feet and they were able to start making more of an offensive push.
"I thought we kept the pressure on pretty well," Reynolds said. "I was very pleased with the way we challenged for flighted balls, especially in the second half. The first half we weren't challenging much at all; the second half we decided we might want to go up and see if we could win some."
Danville scored its second goal in the 59th minute when Kelsey Snapp found Chris Bright for the goal and a 2-0 lead.
Danville have 17-5 shot advantage
Danville finished with a 17-5 shot advantage and took eight corner kicks to Mercer's four.
Mercer didn't break into the scoring column - the Scotties haven't scored a goal this year - but that didn't lessen the pride first-year coach Jaziel Guerra felt about his team's improvement.
The Scotties have lost three games by a combined 4-0 score in their first varsity season after a three-year layoff. Guerra said sometime in the last week, a change has come over his team and it's one he's glad to see.
"We've got a strong group of kids and they're starting to work together," the Mercer coach said. "This is the best team we've played so far. (Assistant) Coach (Chris) Tamez and I are satisfied with how we held them in the first half. There's just little things we need to work on.
"We definitely have lots of speed. We have some really fast guys and we have quite a few talented, experienced players that know what they're doing. It's just a matter of working on playing together."
Reynolds said Mercer will be a team to watch later.
"I want to give Mercer credit," Reynolds said. "They came out to play. They really have an excellent team. I really believe they're going to do well somewhere down the line. When they put it together, they're going to be a team to be reckoned with."