Mercer rallies to snap Bucs' winning streak at three; ETSU to visit The Citadel Sunday
MACON, Ga. (Oct. 10, 2014) - The ETSU women's soccer team maintained a lead for 77 minutes Friday in Macon, Ga.; however, the Buccaneers were unable to fend off a second-half rally, falling at Mercer, 2-1, in double overtime. With the win, Mercer overtook ETSU for first place in the Southern Conference standings.
Sophomore Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) gave the Bucs (11-4, 3-2) an early 1-0 lead with an 11th-minute goal, an advantage ETSU would carry into intermission.
The Bucs held Mercer to seven shots in the first half; however, the Bears (8-4-2, 3-0-2) flipped the script in the second period, firing 19 shots, matching the team's season-high for shot attempts in a single half.
ETSU sophomore goalkeeper Jasmine Elliott (Preston, England) stopped the Bears' first nine attempts, but could not corral Stephanie Giangiuli's 88th-minute score, which served as the equalizer for Mercer. Elliott finished with a career-high 10 saves, surpassing her previous best of seven set at Florida Gulf Coast last season (Oct. 11, 2013).
The Bucs outshot Mercer, 3-2, in the first overtime, with neither team finding the back of the net.
Two minutes into the second and decisive overtime period, however, Mercer's Maddie Clark collected a rebound and netted the game-winner for the Bears.
The loss snapped ETSU's winning streak at three.
Zadrazil has recorded four goals and four assists in the Bucs' last four contests, while Koren has tallied two goals and two assists during that span.
ETSU will continue SoCon play Sunday as the Bucs visit The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
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