Mercer Explodes Late for 3-1 Win over VMI

Mercer Explodes Late for 3-1 Win over VMI

MACON, Ga. – The Mercer men's soccer team scored three goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to come away with a much needed 3-1 victory over VMI on Friday evening at Bear Field.  


Mercer (2-3-1) dominated play throughout, out-shooting VMI (0-6-0) 21-9 while holding a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.  


The beginning of the game was problematic for the Bears as junior David Rochow one-timed a cross past Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh to give VMI an early 1-0 advantage 21 minutes into the game.


Once halftime passed, the Orange and Black unleashed a flurry of offensive pressure as they looked for a second half equalizer. After 33-plus minutes of pressing forward, it would be a new face that knotted the game up for the home team. Freshman Ashani Samuels headed home a corner kick service in the 79th minute of the game for his first collegiate goal to tie the game up at 1-1.


After tying up the game, the goals came early and often for the Bears as they notched two more tallies in the final 10 minutes of the game.


Junior Will Betts headed home a free kick in the 81st minute and redshirt sophomore Bryson Jones slid in a low shot in the 86th minute to make the score 3-1 and put the game out of reach.


Junior Joey Heavner assisted on all three of the Bears goals for the evening, marking the first time a Mercer player had more than one assist in a game since then senior Ian Cameron had two assists against UNF on Nov. 7, 2009.


Ranjitsingh made two saves to pick up his second collegiate win while VMI goalkeeper Taylor Feuerstein made three saves in a losing effort.


Sophomore Ryan King paced the Orange and Black offensive output with seven shots


Mercer returns to the pitch when it welcomes in-state rival Georgia Southern to Bear Field on Sunday evening for 5 p.m. kick-off.