STATESBORO, Ga. – With the game tied at 2-2 with under ten minutes to go, Mercer men's soccer player Leo Toledo Jr. scored his second goal of the season lifting the Bears to a 3-2 victory over Georgia Southern on Friday night.
Both of Toledo Jr.'s goals this year have resulted in game-winning goals. Mercer had three different players score and three different players pick up an assist in the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bears put the pressure on the Eagles defense early in the contest. At the 17:13 minute mark, Dylan Gaither scored his first collegiate goal putting Mercer ahead, 1-0. Dawson Gideon and Trevor Martineau picked up assists.
Mercer was not done scoring in the first half as two minutes later, Martineau scored the second goal of the game for the Bears. Martineau's goal extended the lead to 2-0. Kareve Richards picked up the assist on the goal. Mercer took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Eagles would not go away quietly as they slowly answered back. In the 67th minute of the contest, Aldair Cortes scored trimming the Bears lead down to 2-1. Seven minutes later, Adam Davie tied the game for the Eagles at 2-2. With just under ten minutes to go in the contest, Leonel Toledo Jr. dribbled the ball into the box and he found an opening to take a shot. The Eagles goalie did not see the shot and he found the back of the net, putting the Bears ahead, 3-2, which would be being the game-winner. Mercer came away with a 3-2 victory for its second straight win.
- Dylan Gaither scored his first collegiate goal, which put the Bears ahead 1-0
- Trevor Martineau scored his fifth goal of the season. He has scored a goal in the Bears last two games.
- Three different Bears scored in the win over the Eagles.
- Leo Toledo Jr. scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute. This was the third straight game the Bears have scored a goal in the 80th minute or later of the match.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when they return to Betts Stadium to host Winthrop. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.