Buies Creek, N.C. - Stetson rebounded from its first conference loss Thursday with a big win over A-Sun rival Campbell Saturday night in Buies Creek. The Hatters (8-3-1, 5-1-0) scored three goals in the first half and then held on for a 3-1 win over the Camels (4-5-4, 2-3-0).
"This was a very good rebound game for us", said Stetson head coach T. Logan Fleck. "We don't feel we played up to our standards Thursday. We came out tonight and played with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment."
Kai Eckenrode (Springfield, Va.) opened the scoring in the 17th minute after being set up by Giulio D'Amore (DeLand, Fla.) with a chip over the top of the defenders. Eckenrode picked up the pass and tucked a shot inside the left post. Niels De Jonck (Antwerp, Belgium) also assisted on the play.
A minute and 59 seconds later Fredrik Brustad (Oslo, Norway) doubled Stetson's lead. Gonzalo de Mujica (Buenos Aires, Argentina) split the defenders with a through pass and sent Brustad in alone for a finish inside the left post.
"Overall I think the game went very well for us, we worked hard and we kept it tight", said Brustad. "On my goal I was set up nicely by Gonzo, got one on one with the keeper and got past him on his right. It was a good goal."
Not satisfied with scoring what turned out to be the winning goal Brustad set up Stetson's final tally in the 34th minute. He slipped a low pass through the box to Ryan Asare-Bediako (Tampa, Fla.) who nailed a left footed first timer top shelf left side. It was the 3rd goal in the past four games and the 5th of the season for last week's A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week.
Mercer scored its lone goal just over three minutes into the second half, yet could not reduce the deficit any further. Stetson has now won six of its last seven games and sits alone in second place in the A-Sun standings with 15 points.
Next up for Stetson is a trip to Fort Myers to take on Florida Gulf Coast, the only team ahead of them in the league. A win would ensure the Hatters a spot in the A-Sun tournament and put them in the driver's seat to host the Final Four in Deland.