Late Goal Lifts Samford Past Mercer, 1-0

The Bulldogs and the Bears traded shots to start the match, with both teams’ opportunities being denied by defensive efforts on both sides of the ball. Goalkeeper Morgan McAslan registered her first save at the 16th minute mark, collecting a ball at the bottom left side of the goal after Mercer’s Kylie Buchanan fired off her third shot of the night. McAslan picked up four more saves to post her fifth shutout of the season, while the Bulldogs fired off 20 shots compared to the Bear’s 13. Samford finally broke through in the final five minutes of the match with a goal from senior Audrey Kleiman.

BOX SCORE (PDF)

KEY PLAYS

  • In the 78th minute, Samford would have back-to-back chances in front of goal after the Bulldogs were awarded a free kick. Sophomore defender Ella Simpson got a head on the cross, which was blocked by Mercer’s goalkeeper, Jordyn Ebert, for her fifth save on the night. The deflection fell to the feet of fellow sophomore Layla Brown, however, her chance would also be denied by Ebert to keep the match knotted at 0-0.
  • The scoreless contest would come to an end in the 85th minute with senior midfielder Audrey Kleiman heading the ball into the right-side netting of the goal off an in-swinging cross from junior defender Lindsey Origliasso. The Samford defense held off the Bears for the remainder of the match, allowing for the Bulldogs to capture a 1-0 victory at Betts Stadium. 

 
FROM THE BOX SCORE

  • Samford took a 20-13 advantage in the shots category with seven being on frame, while collecting a total of seven corner kicks on the night.
  • The Bulldogs played an aggressive match, totaling five fouls and two yellow cards. Mercer registered six fouls with two coming from the first half and four in the second.
  • Morgan McAslan locked in her fifth shutout of the season, playing the entire 90 minutes and making five saves for Samford.
  • Audrey Kleiman found her second goal of the season and third of her career, while Lindsay Origliasso tallied her first-career assist.

 
UP NEXT
The Samford women’s soccer team will head to Charleston, South Carolina to face The Citadel on Sunday, Oct.3 to close out the weekend. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. at WLI Field.
 
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