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by: Eric Dusenbery
Hatters Challenge League-Leading Mercer on Sunday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  10/05/2012
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The Stetson men's soccer team heads on the road for the first time since September 1 this weekend, playing at Atlantic Sun Conference leading Mercer on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

In fact, from September 8 to October 6 - a span of 29 days - Stetson has played just two games, falling to FIU in overtime and defeating FAU in overtime.  Over the next 29 days, the Hatters will play nine contests and finish out the entire regular season.

Last week Stetson ended up on the winning side of the overtime coin against FAU on September 26.  The Hatters struck first on a brilliant strike by senior Jonathan Mendoza from 30 yards out.  The Owls tied the game late on a free kick that deflected off of the Stetson wall and into the far corner of the goal.  Senior Kai Eckenrode then played the hero, starting the attack as well as getting on the end of it to give the Hatters a 2-1 double overtime victory.

Mercer welcomes Stetson to town as the only team A-Sun with a winning record.  The Bears are 7-3-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play after defeating Lipscomb at home by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night.  Off to their best start since 2001, Mercer has won three in a row and seven out of its last eight contests.  The Bears have been receiving contributions from a number of players, but Will Betts leads the way with four goals in 2012.

Stetson owns a decisive 20-10-2 advantage over Mercer in the all-time series, which started all the way back in 1985.  Last season the Hatters won by a score of 1-0 in overtime at home. 

Fans can follow @StetsonMSoccer on Twitter for live in-game updates.  Live Stats will also be available at, and there will be live video on ASun.TV.

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