Jasmine Spence and her Mercer's Women's Soccer teammates won its fifth consecutive match when they defeated The Citadel 3-1 in their Southern Conference opener at Bear Field.
Spence was the woman of the match, scoring her first career goal.
Mercer came out gunning for an early goal, with Ally Fordham nearly connecting in the first minute of play. The Citadel fired back with two shots on goal, forcing goalkeeper Jordyn Ebert to come up with two fantastic saves.
Senior forward Valeria Bermeo had the best scoring opportunity for Mercer in the first half, drilling one off the post in the 21st minute of play.
Mercer outshot The Citadel 13-8 in the first half but were unable to find the back of the net as the two teams entered the half scoreless.
Sophomore Spence opened the game up in the 75th minute when she scored her first collegiate goal for the game-winner. Minutes later Rhette Cauilan netted her first collegiate goal, assisted by Ally Fordham and Valeria Bermeo in the 79th minute.
Mercer added another score in the 85th minute when Megan Delmonico sent a ball into the box to Valeria Bermeo who then flicked it back to Ally Fordham who drilled it past the keeper for a 3-0 lead.
The Citadel got on the scoreboard in the 86th minute but was unable to overcome the three goal deficit as Mercer was victorious, 3-1.
Meanwhile Eva Frazzoni and her College of Saint Rose Women’s Soccer teammates chalked up its second double-overtime triumph within a four-day period to remain unbeaten with this 2-1 victory at Northeast-10 Conference rival Merrimack.
Sophomore forward Nina Predanic drove home a free kick to the top-right corner three minutes into the second extra session to conclude a closely played game. Predanic previously put the College of Saint Rose up 1-0 with another direct kick with 64:31 expired. Merrimack then deadlocked it 15 minutes later.
Aaliyah Nolan and her North Texas Women’s Soccer teammates ended their match with Louisiana Tech in a 1-1 tie.
A second half offensive surge by North Texas sent the match into overtime after Louisiana Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first half.
In what was a scrappy match by both teams, Louisiana Tech scored in the 31st minute on a rebound off the post.
But the script changed in second half. North Texas put up 12 shots, with substitute Nolan taking three of them and finally found the back of the net during a scramble in the box in the 80th minute. The goal came off the foot of freshman Elle Marie DeFrain. It was her first goal of her career.