STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern Women's Soccer was unable to make the most of its chances on Thursday afternoon (August 25th) in the 2011 home opener against Mercer, falling 2-0 to the Bears at Eagle Field. The Eagles fall to 0-2-0 on the season while Mercer improves to 2-0-0 on the year.
Mercer put its best foot forward, scoring in the ninth minute off a corner kick. The ball was played to the center of the box and brought to the carpet where Patricia-Anne Upson scored from three yards in front of net.
The match was plated in the central third of the pitch for a true midfield battle. Georgia Southern logged five shots with freshman Sydnie Van Curen (Rincon, Ga.) taking two while junior transfer Christine Watts (Duluth, Ga.) also posted two attempts with one on frame.
The Bears added a second goal in the waning minutes off a shot from Olivia Tucker at the penalty spot. She received a cross from Nadja Kolliesuah, who assisted on the play. The goal gave Mercer a 2-0 lead which would be good enough for the final result.
Both team's goalkeepers were relatively untroubled with one official save to each team. The Eagles Katie Merson (Albuquerque, N.M.) worked all 90 minutes and saw 15 total Mercer shots.
Georgia Southern trailed 6-2 in the corners battle and committed 14 fouls to Mercer's six. The Eagles were flagged offsides twice in the match as well.
Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel's Eagles return to action on Sunday against Coastal Carolina. The match, previously scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will be postponed by a day due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.
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