Women's Soccer Takes Convincing 3-1 Win Over ETSU
MACON, Ga. - Sophomore forward Tess Patton continued her strong weekend tallying another goal and an assist in Mercer's convincing 3-1 win over East Tennessee State on Sunday afternoon at Bear Field.
On the weekend, Patton finished with three goals and an assist in helping the Bears to two key conference wins. With the victory, the Bears (8-3-2, 2-0-1 A-Sun) have positioned themselves well after the second full weekend of conference play. MU is in a three-way tie for second place in the current A-Sun standings and are now undefeated in six-straight games.
For the second-straight game, the Bears were able to notch an early goal when Tess Patton scored just over a minute in. Senior Danielle Hesse made a strong play to get off a long cross from the near side and Patton was able to finish the header to give Mercer the quick 1-0 lead.
Mercer possessed the ball well throughout the first half and earned nine shots while limiting ETSU to three. The Bears matched up well against the league's top goal scorer in Ramey Kerns. Kerns was limited to just two shots in the game.
ETSU (8-4-0, 2-2-0 A-Sun) was able to tie up the game in the 31st minute off a Bears miscue. A Mercer foul just outside the box set up a long free kick for the Lady Bucs. On the ensuing try, ETSU's Samantha Kron bended a ball over the top of the Bears' wall and past the outstretched arms of junior Nikki Atikinson.
However, the momentum swung back in the Bears favor right before the end of the first half. Patton set up a Mercer free kick and sent in a ball that careened off the cross bar and senior P.A. Upson and headed in the go-ahead goal. It was Upson's first of the year.
ETSU made an alignment change as the second half drew on and had several scoring chances that the Mercer defense was able to diffuse. Freshman goalkeeper Maggie Cropp took over in the second half and played a big role making three key saves in the game.
Mercer scored an insurance goal in the 70th minute when Danielle Hesse struck a long ball from the top of the box that sailed into the far upper corner of the net to give the Bears the 3-1 lead. Sophomore Brianna Stampler fed Hesse for the assist.
The Bears head back out on the road next week for a pair of A-Sun conference games. Mercer plays first on Friday evening at Lipscomb, who carries a 2-7-3 overall record and is winless in A-Sun games. On Sunday, the Orange and Black travels to Northern Kentucky for a 1 p.m. start.