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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

Soccer on streak, improve to 5-3-1

For the past four games, the Mercer men’s soccer team has been close to untouchable. The first of the four, a home game against VMI, ended 3-1. All three goals were scored in the final 12 minutes of the second half. Ashani Samuels, through a corner kick in the 79th minute, scored his first goal of his collegiate career. Will Betts used his head to score after a free kick in the 81st minute, followed by a Bryson Jones score. It was the third goal of the game in the 86th minute. Congratulations to Joey Heavner, who had an assist in all three goals and is the first Mercer player to have more than one assist since 2009.

The Bears’ next home victory was a 2-0 win against Georgia Southern. In the 41st minute of the first half, for the first goal of his career, Matt Brazer outplayed two defenders as he sent a low shot past the goalkeeper for the first goal of the match. Next, at the start of the second half, Ehjayson Henry maneuvered through three defenders and scored the deciding goal of the game for Mercer. Will Betts earned assist points for both goals. It was an impressive victory for Mercer, considering the team they beat is ranked seventh for scoring offense.

The away game against Nebraska Omaha also ended in a 2-0 victory for Mercer. This game turned out to be a pretty aggressive game, with 35 total fouls in the game. Mercer’s first goal in Nebraska since 2005 was headed by Ashani Samuels straight in the back of the net in the first half, thanks to a throw into the box from Josh Shutter. The next goal came in the 81st minute from Will Betts, with an assist from Joey Heavner.

Mercer returned home to face North Florida in their first conference game of the season. The game ended 2-0 as the Bear tallied their third consecutive shutout victory. Both goals were scored late in the second half. The first was by Will Betts, using his head to give Mercer the lead late in the second half. Mercer then secured their victory on the 80th minute when Ryan King scored with a throughball assist from Matt Brazer.

Mercer continues their conference play over the next few weeks, as the four consecutive victories have brought their record to an impressive 5-3-1. It brings their home record to 4-2 on the season


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