MACON, Ga. - The Mercer women's soccer team scored three unanswered goals to come away with a 3-2 win over in-state rival Georgia Southern on Sunday evening at Bear Field.
Mercer (5-4-1) scored three or more goals in a game for the fourth time this season and is a perfect 4-0 when achieving the feat.
The Bears match-up with Georgia Southern (1-5-1) was their final non-conference contest of the 2013 campaign. Mercer has now won five or more non-conference games in each of the last three seasons.
In a manner very similar to Friday's loss against Western Carolina, Mercer started out slow and allowed its opponent to dictate play early on. Georgia Southern took full advantage of Mercer's poor start, using a Bears defensive miscue and a mid-air volley in the box to take a 2-0 lead 29 minutes into the game.
The Orange and Black bounced back, however, using a goal off a scramble in the box by senior Nadja Kolliesuah and a low shot just inside the far post from junior Lauren Gassie to tie things up at 2-2 just before halftime.
Mercer kept pressing offensively to start the second half and it paid dividends almost immediately. Junior Washida Blackman stole the ball from a Georgia Southern defender and fired a shot just to the left to Eagles goalkeeper Alanna Rudd to take a 3-2 lead in the 47th minute of the contest.
That is the way things would stand, as Mercer did a good job of killing the game by controlling the run of play for the remainder of the contest to seal up the comeback win.
Mercer tallied 14 shots on goal for the game that forced Rudd to make 11 saves for Georgia Southern. Bears netminder Maggie Cropp turned aside three shots to come away with the win.
Mercer begins Atlantic Sun Conference play on September 27 when it welcomes Northern Kentucky into town. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bear Field.