The Mercer men managed just a pair of draws in their first five matches. But last night in Seattle, the Bears made their first win a memorable one, topping the 16th-ranked Washington Huskies 2-1 in overtime.
Washington took an early lead, converting a penalty kick in the 17th minute. But Mercer fired back just minutes later when junior Ramario Thompson scrambled home a rebound for Mercer.
Level at 1-1, the Huskies picked up the intensity in the second half creating ten shots to the Bears five. But neither side managed a finishing product in regulation.
The two sides geared up for overtime. As it turned out, they would play less than a minute before Mercer senior Will Bagrou sent everyone home by slamming the ball into the back of the Washington net off a corner kick.
With their record sitting at 1-3-2 after the big win, Mercer head coach Brad Ruzzo will hope Sunday’s result creates some momentum for his men.
The next match for Mercer will be on Wednesday, September 13th when Presbyterian comes to Macon.
Washington’s record fell to 3-2. They will host Drexel on Thursday in their next match.