Who: Presbyterian College (0-7-0) vs Mercer (4-2-2)

When: Tuesday, Sept. 25 – 7:00 pm

Where: Martin Stadium

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Trial by Fire

 

The Blue Hose have squared off against three top-10 teams in 2018. PC scrimmaged No. 9 North Carolina (2-1, L) during the preseason and played back-to-back games at No. 1 Wake Forest (4-1, L) and No. 6 NC State (2-0, L).

 

Returning Champions

 

The Blue Hose returned nine starters from last year’s Big South Championship team. Those starters include: Clement VannierJakob LuedtkeLuca ZieglerYacine TchemmounAndrew Miller-BellVictor MenudierSergio PintoRicardo Hernandez and Adrian Edo Martin. Vannier (five), Pinto (three) and Miller-Bell (three) combined for nearly half of last year's 23 goals scored.

  

Series History | Last Meeting

 

Presbyterian is 2-4 all-time against Mercer entering Tuesday’s game. The Blue Hose claimed the first-ever meeting on Sept. 21, 1983, before Mercer won the next four straight. In their most recent matchup, PC defeated the Bears in overtime on Sept. 21, 2016, by a score of 1-0 in Clinton, S.C. It was Jonathan Potter's first home victory as a head coach.

 

Scouting the Bears

 

After jumping out to a 4-0 start, Mercer has gone 0-2-2 in their last four games. They outscored their opponents 12-3 over the first four games but have been outscored 5-3 over the last four.

 

The Bears most recently dropped a 1-0 game at home against Georgia State on Saturday, September 22.

 

Roberto Arteaga leads the team with 9 points (2G, 5A) while Ramario Thompson leads the team with three goals and two game winners. The Bears have had nine different players score a goal this season and four more record an assist. JR DeRose has played all 760 minutes (8 games) in goal with a .758 save percentage and just eight goals against (0.95 average).

 

Mercer is 2-0 against the Big South this season with road victories over Winthrop (8/31) and Gardner-Webb (9/2). The Bears beat the Eagles 2-0 and the Runnin’ Bulldogs 4-2.