By Mike Rohdy
The Samford Bulldogs’ run for the SoCon title ended Sunday evening with a 2-1 loss to the Mercer Bears in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
After a 2-1 victory over ETSU on Friday, the Bulldogs earned their spot in the championship game. The Bulldogs came in to the match with a 1-0 advantage over the Bears as they defeated them earlier this season for the top seed in the tournament. However, the Bears stole the game with a goal in the 88th minute.
The first 45 minutes of the game proved to be scoreless as both teams displayed gritty defense. Freshman keeper and undeclared major Anna Maddox recorded three saves in the first half to keep the Bulldogs in the game.
Early in the second half of play the teams exchanged penalty kicks for a 1-1 stalemate. Sophomore marketing major Jermaine Seoposenwe capitalized on the penalty kick for the Bulldogs.
While both teams traded numerous shots on goal, neither team could break through to take the lead. In the 88th minute, the Bears got one last shot as they were rewarded with a corner kick. As the ball was launched into the air it happened to bounce off one of the Samford defenders and into the back of the net.
The Bulldogs attempted to put together a last minute scoring drive, but were unable to come up with a clean look at the net.
Despite the loss, the Bulldog’s represented the SoCon All-Tournament team well as Seoposenwe, senior mathematics major Katie Danehy and sophomore business major Anna Allen were all included. Furthermore, head coach Todd Yelton was named So-Con Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs walked away with an overall record of 14-8 and a conference record of 7-2.