The Bears (0-2) used a balanced offensive attack with five different players recording shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Cristina Mursuli made the first start of her career and tallied four saves in the first stanza before junior Maggie Cropp came in at halftime and made two stops.
“We came out today, after a tough game on Friday, with some high energy,” said Mercer Head Coach Tony Economopolous. “In the first 15 minutes we were doing some good things with adjustments from Friday. Then we just lost our steam and had a breakdown and they jumped on the ball and scored. I give credit to Western Kentucky for being aware of our positioning on the field.”
Western Kentucky (2-0) fired off 14 shots, including seven on goal, and finally found the back of the net in the 69th minute when Bria Mosley scored on a breakaway pass from 25 yards.
“We’re not quite where we need to be and it showed in each game around the 65th minute mark when we gave up a goal,” continued Economopolous. “We need to play the whole 90 minutes and we’re going to work on that this week. Overall, we played a lot of bodies today and we had several players who had a chance to get out there and help the team. We’re going to work hard this week to bounce back and get a win on Friday night against a good Gardner-Webb team.”
Mercer’s game against the Bulldogs marks the squad’s home opener and is slated for a 6 p.m. start at Bear Field.