STATESBORO, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer men's soccer team battled all day long and secured its fourth result in a row with a well-deserved 1-0 shutout victory over Georgia Southern on Monday afternoon at Eagle Field.
Playing for the second time in three days, Mercer (3-2-1) secured its second-straight shutout and third in its last four games against a game Georgia Southern (2-3) side.
Neither team was able to generate much offensively throughout most of the first half. Sophomore Ashani Samuels had the best chance of the half for Mercer, in the 27th minute, when he headed a corner kick service on net that was corralled by Georgia Southern goalkeeper Jack Falle to keep the score tied at 0-0 going into halftime.
Georgia Southern came out to start the second half with its best chance of the day when junior Drew Ruggles fired a shot from about 35 yards away that Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh made a diving save on to keep the contest scoreless in the 50th minute.
The Bears nearly broke the deadlocked contest just minutes later when senior Josh Shutter hit a beautiful header square off the crossbar and back into play to keep the score 0-0.
Mercer kept at it on the offensive end and the constant forward runs finally paid off in a big way in the 78th minute. Sophomore Carl-Oscar Andersson collected a loose ball and played a cross into the box that senior Richie Edmondson headed into the back of the net to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Ranjitsingh did the rest from that point forward, making a season-high six saves to preserve his 10th career shutout.
Mercer returns home this Sunday when it welcomes in-state rival Georgia State into town. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bear Field.