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Mercer Soccer Announces Spring Schedule

MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer men's soccer team will get a chance to break up its off-season workouts this spring with five exhibition matches head coach Brad Ruzzo announced on Monday afternoon.

The spring season begins on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. with a road match at in-state rival Georgia Southern. Mercer used a goal by senior Richie Edmondson in the 78th minute to take a 1-0 road win over the Eagles this past season on September 10.

The team will then travel to Columbia to face Conference USA member South Carolina on March 2 at 1 p.m. The Gamecocks finished 2012 with an overall record of 5-11-2, the program's first season with double-digit losses since 1983.

After almost an entire month off, Mercer resumes play with the first of three-straight home matches at Bear Field against Peach Belt Conference member Clayton State on March 27 at 7 p.m.

The Bears conclude their spring slate with a pair of home games against Division II members Anderson on March 31 at 1 p.m. and Young Harris on April 6 at 3:30 p.m.

2012 A-Sun Conference Coach of the Year Brad Ruzzo welcomes back seven starters from last year's squad that went 11-7-2 overall and lost in the A-Sun Championship title game for the second time in the last four seasons.

The complete 2013 Mercer men's soccer schedule follows:

Date                          Opponent                           Location                               Time

Sunday, Feb. 24                Georgia Southern            Statesboro, Ga.                1 p.m.  

Saturday, March 2           South Carolina                   Columbia, S.C                    1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27   Clayton State                     Macon, Ga.                         7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31         Anderson                            Macon, Ga.                         1 p.m.

Saturday, April 6               Young Harris                       Macon, Ga.          3:30 p.m.



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