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The Cluster Roundup: The sun begins to set on football and soccer season as basketball looms just on the horizon

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Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

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Men’s Soccer

The Men’s soccer team overcame their first obstacle to a SoCon championship Saturday with a victory over Wofford College. They beat the Terriers at home 2-1. The final score does not reflect how dominant Mercer remained during the match, outshooting their opponent 8-1 in just the first half.

Neither team scored until the second half until Roberto Arteaga cracked open the goose egg with an assist from Jake Mezei. Will Bagrou followed up just 12 minutes later with another goal.

The two scorers accounted for 11 of the 19 strikes the team made during the match.

The Terriers attempted a comeback with a goal at the 69 minute mark, but the Bears held them for the rest of the match and took home the victory.

The Bears play their next finals match on Friday at 3:30 pm against East Tennessee State University.

 

Women’s Soccer

The Women’s team’s season ended after an unfortunate 0-5 loss against Samford University, Oct. 28. The team finished regular season play with a 10-10-1 record.

Head coach, Tony Economopoulos, said he has to give Samford credit for playing a good match and is only looking forward to putting in more work for next season.

Overall, I was proud of the girls the whole season. We played a lot of freshmen and I felt at times we overachieved but we still have a lot of work to do,”  Economopoulos said.

 

Men’s Basketball

The Men’s basketball team played their first match against Troy University in a charity hurricane relief exhibition on Sunday. Proceeds from the match went to the Salvation Army.

The game ended 77-73 with a symbolic victory for Mercer. Both teams maintained a steady scoring pace throughout both halves with Mercer edging out their opponent by only a couple of baskets.

Ria’n Holland, Ethan Stair and Desmond Ringer led the team during the game, each of them scoring double digit figures.

Head Coach Bob Hoffman said it was great to secure this victory while at the same time being able to contribute to hurricane relief efforts.

“It’s a real blessing for our program and university to be able to partner together on something like this. I’m thankful to Troy and Coach Cunningham that they chose to come over and be a part of this,” Hoffman said.

The first official home game of the season will be this Sunday at 2 pm.

 

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s team will be playing their first home game Nov. 16 following two game on the road. Their game will commence at 7pm.

 

Men’s Tennis

The Men’s tennis team split up over the weekend to travel to Wake Forest University and Samford to play in two separate invitationals.

Mercer had a strong showing at Wake Forest, with Nicolas Guillon finishing 5th place in the A1 singles bracket.

The players won four of their sixth singles game on the final day of the tournament, but Coach Eric Hayes said he hopes to see even better performances moving forward.

“We left too many points out there today,” Hayes said. “We have to finish when we’re up. Overall I was very pleased with our performances this weekend. It was a good fall and we are looking forward to January and our trip to Florida State.”

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