Jacksonville Bested By Bears In Home Contest

Jacksonville Bested By Bears In Home Contest

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville's mens soccer team (0-2-0) concluded their two match home stand Sunday night with a lopsided defeat at the hands of the Mercer Bears (2-0-0). The 4-0 defeat is the Dolphins' worst since falling by the same score in a September showdown with UCF in 2017. 

The game began slowly, with neither side seemingly gaining an advantage over the other. Then, following a yellow card on Jacksonville's Redondo Beauplan, Mercer took a chance on a free kick in the 19th minute. After bouncing around the box for a couple of seconds Romario Thompson got a foot on the ball, which traveled to the far side of the goal leaving Jacksonville's goalkeeper Patrick Harding without a play to make. 

The Bears scored again just over a minute later off the leg of Trevor Martineau for his second goal of the season. After a series of substitutions the Dolphins picked up their play during the remainder of the half, but never managed to find an open chance at the net.

The Dolphins created plenty of opportunities in the second half, at one point being awarded five corner kicks in a matter of two minutes, but the home team never managed to get on the same page. Perhaps their closest opportunity came in the 55th minute when Ignazio Muchilli's corner was played beautifully off the head of Bryson Pink, but the shot sailed just over the crossbar.

Dawson Gideon scored Mercer's third goal in the 79th minute to put the contest out of reach, and Mercer Kalvin added a fourth with two minutes remaining. 

Jesus Colombo, Igor Ferreira, and Bryson Pink made up for six of Jacksonville's nine shots throughout the evening, while Harding recorded six saves. 

Jacksonville hits the road Thursday to take on UNC Wilmington (2-0-0) in a 7 PM matchup. In the last meeting between these two the Seahawks bested Jacksonville 2-0 in August of last season.