Men’s Soccer Tops Furman In Diadora/Spinx Invitational
Greenville, S.C.- Led by sophomore Vicente Arze’s two goals, the Mercer men’s soccer team won its first match of the season downing Furman, 3-2, in the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational.
Arze, who missed the Bears’ first two games of the season due to an injury, scored his first goal of the season off an assist from junior midfielder Luis Hernandez in the 29th minute to give Mercer a 1-0 lead. Senior Clif Wilson took a feed from Del Olaoye, scoring a breakaway goal at the 41:27 mark, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead going into intermission.
The Paladins struck early in the second half, notching two goals in the first seven minutes of the period, to even the score. Sophomore Eliot Paschalis scored Furman’s first goal on a cross from defender Kevin Norman, pulling the Paladins to within one at the 47:12 mark. Forward Brian Martin scored the equalizer just more than five minutes later off an assist from sophomore Shea Salinas.
Arze scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute on his third shot of the evening. Furman would get away only one more attempt in the final 11 minutes as the Bears defense held the Paladins at bay.
Furman (0-1-3) out shot Mercer 16-10 on the night, and recorded seven corner kicks to the Bears’ five.
Mercer sophomore Aldo Balsano picked up the first win of his collegiate career, recording seven saves.
Mercer (1-2) will face Coastal Carolina in the first of two matches scheduled for Sunday’s conclusion of the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational, with kickoff slated for 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Soccer Faces Coastal Carolina in Furman Invitational
GREENVILLE, S.C.- The Mercer men’s soccer team looks to make it two in a row as it wraps up play in the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational, taking on Coastal Carolina Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Mercer (1-2) defeated Furman by a count of 3-2 in the second game of the tournament Friday night, earning its first win of the 2005 campaign. On the other side of the ledger, Coastal Carolina fell, 3-1, to No. 24 Ohio State in the opening game of the tournament.
The matchup between Mercer and Coastal Carolina (1-2) features a pair of preseason conference favorites, with Mercer the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Sun Conference, while the Chanticleers were the preseason favorite to win the Big South.
Sophomore Vicente Arze helped lead Mercer past Furman, scoring two goals, including the game winner in the 79th minute. Senior Clif Wilson notched a breakaway goal that gave the Bears a 2-0 halftime lead. The Paladins evened the score with two goals early in the second period, setting the stage for Arze’s game-winner. Junior Luis Hernandez and senior Del Olaoye each notched an assist for the Bears.
Coastal Carolina owns a 6-0 advantage in the overall series between the two schools, with the Chanticleers coming out on top, 3-1, in their most recent clash in 2002.
Bears Fall, 5-3, To Coastal Carolina In Furman Invitational
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Coastal Carolina’s Jordie Hughes scored the tying and game-winning goals as the Chanticleers rallied to defeat the Mercer men’s soccer team in the
Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational.
Coastal Carolina opened the scoring in the fifth minute as midfielder Dominic Rossi
placed a shot around Mercer goalkeeper Aldo Balsano from 15 yards out. The Chanticleers extended their lead just three minutes later as senior Joseph Kabwe scored an unassisted goal at the 7:06 mark.
Mercer cut into the deficit in the 37th minute as senior Del Olaoye converted a penalty kick as a result of the Bears’ Cliff Wilson receiving a ball in the penalty area and being fouled by Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Aaron Weant.
The Bears’ Vicente Arze evened the score at the 64:12 mark as his unassisted goal beat Chanticleer goalkeeper Ryan Nowak to the far post. The score was Arze’s third goal of the tournament.
The Bears finally grabbed the lead just 13 second later as junior Luis Hernandez took
an Olaoye pass and banked his 16 yard shot into the net.
Coastal Carolina tied the score at three goals apiece in the 69th minute when Rossi sent a through ball to Jordie Hughes who got behind the Bears’ defense. Hughes’ first touch beat the Mercer goalkeeper, and Hughes touched the ball into the back of the net.
Hughes’ second goal of the contest gave Coastal Carolina the lead in the 79th as the senior forward controlled a pass off a free kick at the top of the box and his shot through traffic beat Mercer freshman goalkeeper David Bird.
The Chanticleers added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute on an own goal as a Mercer defender’s attempt to clear the ball ended up in the back of the Bears’ net.
Mercer returns to action next weekend, as it travels to the Midwest, squaring off against a pair of Missouri Valley Conference opponents. The Bears visit Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff, then travel to Omaha, Neb., for a Sunday afternoon match with Creighton.
Arze Named Player of the Week
MACON, Ga.- Mercer sophomore forward Vicente Arze was named the Atlantic Sun men’s soccer Player-of-the-Week on Monday after scoring three goals in the Bears’ two games at the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational this past weekend.
He took three shots and scored on two of them, helping lead the Bears to a 3-2 win over Furman in the first round of the tournament. Arze notched Mercer’s first goal in the 29th minute and the Bears’ game-winning score at the 78:29 mark.
The native of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, who missed Mercer’s first two matches of the season due to injury, also tallied a goal on his only shot of the afternoon in the Bears’ 5-3 loss to Coastal Carolina, Sunday. His goal in the 65th minute tied the game after Mercer had fallen behind 2-0.
“We are happy to have Vicente back,