MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer men's soccer team capitalized on two second half goals within three minutes of each other to earn a 2-0 win over in-state rival Georgia State on Sunday night at Bear Field.
Mercer (4-2-1) has now earned results in five-straight matches, going 4-0-1 in its last five games. The Bears also captured their second-straight victory over an in-state opponent, after downing Georgia Southern 1-0 on Monday afternoon.
Mercer out-shot Georgia State (3-3) 11-10, including a 7-5 edge in shots on goal, while the Panthers held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior Richie Edmondson had the Orange and Black's best scoring chance of the first half, in the 11th minute, when he one-timed a shot on goal that was cleared off the line by a Georgia State defender
With the first half in the books and the score knotted at 0-0, action intensified as play resumed to open the second half.
Mercer got things going and lit a fire under the home crowd of over 450 fans when it scored a beautiful goal through the run of play to jump out in front. Sophomore Carl-Oscar Andersson chipped a ball into junior Ehjayson Henry who turned and slid a pass across the box that senior Sharpe Sablon hammered home to give the Bears a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute.
The Bears kept pressing forward and earned a corner kick just three minutes later that junior Brady O'Brien made sure no one would forget. The left-footed Lawrenceville, Ga. native bent the corner kick attempt just over the arms of Georgia State goalkeeper Vincent Foermer and inside the back post for his second career goal to give Mercer a 2-0 advantage.
Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh made the clean sheet a reality by saving a total of five shots on the night for his 11th career shutout, moving him into a tie for 10th place for the most shutouts in A-Sun Conference history.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday, September 22, when they hit the road once again to take on Central Arkansas. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex.