MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer women's soccer team used a flurry of second half scoring to come away with a 4-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Sunday afternoon at Bear Field. After a scoreless first half, the Bears notched four scores in less than a nine-minute span to put the game out of reach.
Mercer's second-straight victory moved the team to 4-3-1 on the year while Jacksonville State saw a two-match winning streak snapped and fell to 3-3-1.
Mercer had multiple opportunities in the first half, including a Washida Blackman strike in the 22nd minute that found the left post. All told, the Bears racked up 14 shots and four corner kicks in the first half.
In the second half, freshman Katelyn Dimopoulos opened the flood gates, depositing a feed from Casey Barrett into the net for the first score of the afternoon. The opportunity was created by a streaking Blackman, who found Barrett in space on the opposite side of the field.
Dimopoulos' score opened the door for the Mercer attack, as the Bears tacked on three more goals in the next eight minutes and 48 seconds. Junior Tess Patton booked the Bears second tally on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 60th minute, Blackman got on the board with a mid-air volley in the 63rd minute, and redshirt freshman Maddie Clark zipped a shot just inside the far post in the 65th minute.
Mercer's backline defense and goalkeeper Maggie Cropp were dependable, limiting the Gamecocks to just six shots in the win. Cropp turned away two shots on goal, including a free-kick strike in the 70th minute that required the Morgan Hill, California native to elevate and grasp the ball near the crossbar.
Mercer returns to action when it hosts Western Carolina on September 20. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Bear Field.