Mercer Resumes Conference Play at Campbell
MACON, Ga. – Coming off its first-ever win over a ranked opponent, the Mercer men's soccer resumes Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 9 when it travels to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on the Campbell Camels. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Orange and Black continued their impressive play on the road last time out, downing 29th-ranked University of Alabama-Birmingham 1-0 on October 6 at West Campus Field. Senior Ian Cameron converted a penalty kick in the 74th minute of play to seal the Bears 1-0 victory over the Blazers. The 1-0 shutout was an even more impressive result for Mercer considering UAB came into the contest with the highest scoring offense in the country and had not been shutout all season until that point. The win improved the Bears overall record to 6-2-1 and moved their road record to an impressive 4-2-1 mark.
Scouting the Opposition
Campbell rolls into Saturday night's match-up with a 3-3-4 (1-1-0 A-Sun) record after most recently playing Furman to a 0-0 draw on October 5 in Greenville, S.C. The Camels were picked to finish second in the A-Sun Preseason Coaches' Poll after winning the regular season championship last season. Campbell returns 11 letterwinners from its 2009 squad, led by Preseason All-Atlantic team selection Mitchell Cardenas who paces the squad with six points on one goal and four assists. Offense has been a problem area for the Camels this season, as they have scored just seven goals in their first 10 matches. Both squads enter this weekend's play at 1-1 in conference play after beating USC Upstate and losing to ETSU last weekend.
- Mercer senior Ian Cameron continued his brilliance on the offensive end of the field this season after converting a penalty kick in the Bears win against UAB. Cameron's goal against the Blazers moved him into a three-way tie for the most goals in the A-Sun (5) and the second-most points in the conference (12) this season.
- Redshirt sophomore Daniel VanValkinburgh stepped up big for the Bears in a surprise spot start against UAB. The Chattanooga, Tenn. product and made one save while punching out multiple Blazer crosses to earn the first win of his collegiate career.