The Mercer men's soccer team's frustrating 2013 season continued on Saturday night in the form of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of North Florida on Senior Night at Bear Field.
Despite out-shooting North Florida 12-9, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal, Mercer (3-12-1, 1-4-1 A-Sun) failed to score a goal in a game for the sixth time this season.
In a ceremony before the opening kick head coach Brad Ruzzo and the rest of the team honored the Bears six seniors this season in Ehjayson Henry, Joey Heavner, Ryan King, Brady O'Brien, Cole Mitchell and Michael Lewis.
After a scoreless first half, Mercer nearly jumped in front in the 53rd minute of play. A shot by sophomore Will Jones was tipped by UNF goalkeeper Brad Sienkiewicz, bounced up off the crossbar and again glanced off the crossbar on the way back down before being cleared away by the Ospreys defense.
Henry had a chance of his own moments later when he freed himself up for at the top of the box, but his shot was corralled by Sienkiewicz to keep the score 0-0.
UNF finally broke up the scoreless contest in the 70th minute of play when a counter attack produced a goal by freshman Sean Young to give the Ospreys a 1-0 road win.
Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh made four saves on the night to move within 14 stops of breaking into the top-20 for the most saves in a career in A-Sun Conference history.
Heavner started the 75th game of his career on Saturday evening to break the all-time Mercer record and move into a tie for third for the most games started in a career in A-Sun Conference history.
Mercer returns to action on October 29 when it travels up to Atlanta to take on in-state rival Georgia State. Game time is schedule for 7 p.m. at the GSU Soccer Complex.