Oct. 21, 2007
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate fell prey to an opening onslaught by Mercer, which had three goals in the score column in the first seven minutes and four goals in the first half on its way to a 5-2 win over the Spartans in an Atlantic Sun Conference match at County University Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Upstate falls to 3-11-0 on the season, 1-7-0 in A-Sun play, while Mercer improves to 8-5-1, 7-1-0 in the A-Sun.
Mercer struck early in the third minute when midfielder Lauren Johnson turned an Upstate turnover at the top of the box into a goal, her second of the season, and a 1-0 lead. Moments later in the fourth minute, a throw in by the Bears was kicked in the net by Upstate for an own goal and increased the lead to 2-0.
Shortly thereafter, in the seventh minute, Mercer defender Kacie Hudson took a cross from the right side and found the back of the net to give the Bears a 3-0 lead. Mercer added another first half goal in the 26th minute in the form of forward Heather Manting, who scored her first goal of the season off of a turnover at the inside the top of the box for a 4-0 lead.
Upstate got on the board in the 37th minute when freshman midfielder Catherine Nolff's cross from the left side got over the outstretched arms of Bears goalkeeper Jean Worts and was headed in by freshman forward Alyssa Roegner for her second goal of the season and cut the lead to 4-1 at halftime.
The Spartans kept hope alive in the second half when sophomore defender Liz Pontillo scored her first career goal on a turnover in the box in the 54th minute to cut the lead to 4-2. But Mercer put the game away in the 67th minute with Manting scoring her second goal of the match.
Johnson had a goal and an assist to lead the Bears and forward Catie Marshalek also had an assist. Worts made one save and picked up the win in goal.
After facing the top-two teams in the Atlantic Sun, Kennesaw St. and Mercer, this weekend, Upstate will travel to Stetson Oct. 26 for a 7 p.m. game.