Bears Win Third Straight; Down Troy 4-1
TROY, Ala. – It's become a trend. When the Mercer women's soccer team scores first, the Bears are 6-0-1. On Sunday, the trend continued as Mercer was the first to strike and eventually took down Troy, 4-1 at the Jesse H. Colley Soccer Complex.
The Bears(6-3-1) recorded two goals in the first half and two in the second and now enters Atlantic Sun Conference play next week on a three-game winning streak. Juniors Casey Barrett, Nadja Kolliesuah, Sadie Curry and freshman Sydney Brogden all had goals for Mercer on Sunday.
"Coming into today we knew it would take a full team effort," head coach Tony Economopoulos said. "Troy did not play on Friday and we knew it was going to be tough. But a lot of girls stepped up and played some quality minutes and we ended non-conference on a good note."
Sunday was the eighth time this season that the Bears outshot their opponent, as Mercer held a 14-9 advantage over Troy(5-4-1). Half of those shots made it on goal and it was Casey Barrett who opened up the scoring on Sunday.
Barrett, who scored the game-winning goal against Jacksonville State, picked up where she left off on Friday. In the 23rd minute, Barrett took a shot from the far right side off a feed from Nadja Kolliesuah to beat Troy goalkeeper Maddie Winter and give MU the 1-0 lead.
Kolliesuah and Barrett connected again two minutes later when Kolliesuah buried her first of the season. Kolliesuah finished on a nice pass from Barrett inside the Troy box to give Mercer a quick 2-0 advantage. Kolliesuah led the Bears with three total points, four shots and three on goal.
The Trojans however responded just before the half and cut the Bears lead to 2-1 off a goal from Chelsey Williams. It was Williams' fourth of the season.
The Bears score-by-committee philosophy continued to prove its worth in the second half against Troy. Freshman Sydney Brogden scored her third of the season in the 69th minute to give the Bears a 3-1 lead and then junior Sadie Curry became the 12th Bear this season to score a goal.
Curry laced a shot from 20 yards out that sailed over the outstretched hands of Troy's Katie Comeno-Lewis to record the first of her career and fourth and final goal for the Bears on the day.
The Bears remain as one of two six-win Atlantic Sun teams heading into conference play next weekend. Mercer opens up league play at in-state rival Kennesaw State next Saturday. The Bears and Owls get underway at 7 p.m.