From Georgia Southern Sports Information:
STATESBORO, GA.– Georgia Southern Men’s Soccer looked poised for a 0-0 draw in the 2014 home opener, but a 109th minute strike from Will Bagrou gave the Bears a 1-0 win in double overtime. The Eagles will be back at home next weekend with the Springhill Suites Eagle Classic starting next Friday night.
“We played very well in the first two thirds of the field, but we were missing the final pass in the attacking third tonight,” said Head Coach Kevin Kennedy. “We did a lot of things right tonight and we’ve made progress since the loss on Sunday. Overall, I’m disappointed with the result, but pleased with the progress we’ve made.”
The Eagles held the balance of possession in the opening period, outshooting the Bears 5-2 in the first 45 minutes.
Mercer, however, responded in the second half as the Bears ruled possession took seven attempts in the second half. A flurry of shots late in the half saw a Mercer shot hit the post while the Eagles had two excellent opportunities saved late in the half.
Mercer out-shot the Eagles 6-1 in the first ten minutes of overtime, but the Eagles answered the bell in the final phase of the game, pushing forward.
With time running out in the contest, a Mercer throw in on the far side was flicked into the danger area in traffic. Mercer’s Will Bagrou took the ball with two defenders in close proximity and whipped a right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net to give the visitors the 1-0 win with 1:09 left on the clock.
The Eagles were out-shot 18-11 in the game, with Georgia Southern’s goalkeeper Jack Falle making five saves.
Next up for the Eagles is a contest in the Springhill Suites Eagle Classic on September 12th against Florida Atlantic. That game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start from Eagle Field.