CLINTON, S.C. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer men's soccer team built up an early lead and managed to hold on for a 2-1 road win over Presbyterian on Saturday evening at Edens Field.
Mercer (2-7) out-shot Presbyterian (2-5) 14-8 overall and held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks to put an end to a three-game losing streak.
The Bears got things started offensively in the 31st minute of the contest when sophomore David Murtaugh headed home a cross from senior Ehjayson Henry to go up 1-0.
With the score still 1-0 coming out of halftime, sophomore Juan Jose Morales made the tally 2-0 Mercer when he collected a rebound and slid home a shot past Presbyterian goalkeeper Tanner Osborne in the 53rd minute of play.
The Blue Hose made things interesting late, using a goal in the 83rd minute to make the score 2-1, but Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh made a late save on a header to secure the win.
Ranjitsingh made five saves on the evening to become just the fifth goalkeeper in Mercer program history to eclipse 200 saves for their career in the Orange and Black.
The Bears wrapped up a three-game road swing with Saturday's win and are back on the pitch on October 4 when they begin Atlantic Sun Conference play against USC Upstate. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bear Field.