MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer men's soccer team used an offensive explosion to post a 4-0 victory over Presbyterian in its 2012 home opener on Saturday evening at Bear Field.
Mercer's (2-2-1) four goals is the most it has scored in a single-game since the Bears recorded a 5-1 win over Belmont on October 1, 2009.
The Bears out-shot the Blue Hose 17-10, including a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal, and held a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
Mercer jumped out in front early, in the 9th minute of play, thanks to a group effort by multiple players at all levels of the field. Senior Joey Heavner played a ball to classmate Richie Edmondson who made a great run in the box and laid a ball off to senior Sharpe Sablon who slid his shot past Presbyterian goalkeeper Tyler Beadle to make the score 1-0.
The Orange and Black kept at it moving later into the first half and doubled their advantage in the 30th minute thanks to a free kick. Senior Josh Shutter stepped up to a free kick from about 30 yards away and hammered a ball into the upper left-hand corner of the goal to take a 2-0 lead.
After Presbyterian picked up a red card late in the first half, Mercer came out of halftime and dominated play for the remainder of the game. Senior Will Betts and freshman David Murtaugh both scored insurance goals in the second stanza to put the game out of reach. For Betts, the goal was his A-Sun leading fourth of the season while Murtaugh's tally was the first goal of his young career.
Bears goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh made one save while Beadle made five saves in the contest for Presbyterian.
Mercer is back on the road on Monday when it travels to Statesboro for an in-state clash with Georgia Southern. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Eagle Field.