Friday, August 17, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Mercer men's soccer team made a statement to the national soccer community by going on the road and earning a 2-2 tie at Central Florida - 2011 NCAA Tournament Second Round Participant - on Friday afternoon at the UCF Soccer Complex.
Both Mercer and UCF, who is also receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, now own identical 0-1-1 preseason records.
Bears senior forward Richie Edmondson started the scoring off in the 27th minute of play when he fired a shot from 10 yards away into the left-side of the goal to give Mercer an early 1-0 lead.
After about an hour and a half lightning delay, the Orange and Black picked up right where they left off in the second half, when junior Ryan King received a pass from Edmondson and slid in a shot past UCF goalkeeper Sebastian Evers to make the score 2-0.
After head coach Brad Ruzzo emptied his bench towards the end in the second half, the Knights rallied with two goals in the final nine minutes of the match to knot the final score at 2-2.
Mercer sophomore goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh was stellar in net all day long; making 10 saves in the contest.