MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer women's soccer team struck for two second half goals to pull out a 2-1 comeback win on Senior Day against Stetson on Sunday afternoon at Bear Field.
Mercer (9-6-2, 4-2-1 A-Sun) is now in third-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings, thanks to tiebreaker advantages over Kennesaw State and Stetson, with only two games remaining in the 2013 regular season.
Head coach Tony Economopoulos started all five of his seniors in Sunday's contest including Nikki Atkinson, Casey Barrett, Nadja Kolliesuah, Sadie Curry and Jordan Sink.
That move paid dividends throughout the contest starting with a big save from Atkinson late in the first half. With Mercer already down 1-0 after a Stetson penalty kick, freshman Brianne Boldrin fired a shot from the right side that Atkinson turned aside with a diving save to keep the score 1-0 Hatters going into halftime.
The Bears jumped on the offensive to start the second half and received a game-tying goal from one of their seniors. Sink sent in a ball to junior Washida Blackman who laid off a pass to Curry who chipped in a shot perfectly over the Stetson goalkeeper to tie things up at 1-1.
The goal for Curry was her first of the season and the second of her four-year career at Mercer.
Riding the momentum after the Curry goal, the Bears put the game out of reach when a quick corner kick gave the ball to freshman Kim Murphy who fired a shot off the crossbar and in to give the home team a 2-1 win.
Mercer is on the road for its final two games of the 2013 regular season, starting with a game against North Florida on October 25. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hodges Stadium.