King's Header Sends Bears into A-Sun Championship Semifinal

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Mercer's Ryan King headed in the game-winner in the 82nd minute to give the Bears a 2-1 comeback victory vs. Lipscomb in the 2011 A-Sun Men's Soccer Championship First Round. The Bears advance to face top-seeded FGCU on Friday at 4 p.m.

The goal was King’s fourth of the season, as he scored on a header off a free kick by junior defender Josh Shutter. The goal was Mercer’s second in a span of six minutes, as Mercer’s Richie Edmondson scored the equalizer in the 76th minute, intercepting an attempted Lipscomb clear and firing the shot past keeper Brent McGee. The goal was Edmondson’s first of the season.

Each team tallied 15 shots on goal, with the Bears holding an advantage in corner kicks, 11-5. Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh recorded four saves, while Lipscomb’s McGee saved five. Pettis led all players with four shots, while Mercer’s Ryan Young tallied three.

Lipscomb took a 1-0 first-half lead on a goal by senior forward Pettis. A First Team All-Atlantic Sun selection, Pettis pushed the assist from Drew Longinotti past Ranjitsingh at the 42:10 mark. The goal was Pettis’ 10th of the season, moving him into a three-way tie for first in the league with Stetson’s Jonathan Mendoza and Belmont’s Brandon Tarr. He also increased his season point total to 23, just two behind conference leader Mendoza.

Each game of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Soccer Championship can be viewed free on streaming broadcasts via ASun.TV.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.