Martin Gomez scored two first-half goals as the Mercer County boys won for the first time this season, beating Marion County 2-1 on Tuesday at Harrodsburg.
Mercer (1-4) led 2-0 at halftime and held off repeated attacks by Marion (2-3) in the second half after the Knights pulled within one goal 2 minutes into the half.
"While we played better in the first half, I think Marion definitely got the better of us in the second half," Mercer coach Joey Holt said. "They came out the more aggresive team from the start in the second half. They definitely outshot us and controlled the possession more in the second half, and they've got some fast kids up top that really gave us some problems.
"We feel very fortunate to get a win against a quality team like that."
Holt said Marion was slowed by a couple of injuries, and he said players returning from injuries gave his team a lift at the start of the game.