Men’s Soccer Ready to take on Lipscomb in First Round of A-Sun Championship
MACON, Ga. – The fourth-seeded Mercer men's soccer team is set to make a run at its third Atlantic Sun title in program history when it takes on fifth-seeded Lipscomb in the first round of the A-Sun Championship on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Mercer (8-7-3) is a participant in the A-Sun Championship for the fourth-straight season under head coach Brad Ruzzo and is seeking its first conference title since 2001.
Scouting the Opposition
Lipscomb (4-11-3) enters play on Wednesday on a 12-day layoff after playing the Bears to a 1-1 draw in Nashville on October 27. Senior forward Garret Pettis scored the Bisons long goal in the contest in the 21st minute of play. Pettis, who was recently voted onto the A-Sun All-Conference first team, paces the Lipscomb offense with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. The Bisons have had their problems on defense, however, ranking second to last in the league in goals against average (1.77 GAA) and shutouts (2).
Last Time Out
DURHAM, N.C. – The Mercer men's soccer team fell to a very talented Duke squad 2-0 on a cold rainy Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke (10-6-2) came into Friday night's game as the fourth ranked scoring offense in the nation and it showed against a Mercer (8-7-3) defense that entered the game as the top-ranked defensive unit in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Blue Devils received goals from freshman forward Matt Slotnick in the 28th minute and classmate Nick Palodichuk in the 47th minute to come away with the win.
Freshman goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh tied his career-high with six saves in defeat while Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw registered his fourth shutout of the season in the win.
- The Bears had a bust day on Monday, when six of its players were awarded Atlantic Sun postseason honors. Headlining the group was junior midfielder Will Betts, who was named the 2011 A-Sun Conference Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Junior Josh Shutter was voted onto the All-Conference first team, classmate Joey Heavner landed a spot on the All-Academic team and the All-Conference second team and freshmen Ashani Samuels, Carl-Oscar Andersson and Greg Ranjitsingh were all named to the All-Freshman squad.