Men's Soccer Shut-out in First Conference Playoff Game

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The Ospreys lost to Mercer 0-3 in-front of an electric crowd of nearly 300 students, fellow athletes and spectators, Nov. 7.

The game was the team’s first appearance in an Atlantic Sun conference playoff game.

The match started off balanced with both teams creating attacks and gaining opportunities at both ends of the pitch. The difference between the two teams lay in their ability to put the ball on frame and finish those attacks.

Overall, the Ospreys out-shot Mercer 11 to nine but the Bears were able to put six of their shots on net compared to the Ospreys two.

Nearly 30 minutes into the first half midfielder Ryan Young scored his first goal of the season for the Bears. Young connected with the ball, burying his header into the left side-netting.

UNF entered the half trailing Mercer 0-1.  

The Ospreys re-entered the stadium to a tunnel of cheering fans, which loudly chanted in support of UNF and heckled the opponents throughout the entire game.

Fifteen minutes into the second half Young, with his second goal of the season, tapped the ball in off a redirected header from the back post, beginning with a Mercer corner kick.

Only three minutes later a Mercer free-kick led to a mid-fielder scoring off a header that deflected from a UNF defender.

The game flowed smoothly with no serious infractions.

Although there were no altercations and no outrageous fouls, Peter Lauer received a yellow card from a questionable call and then received a red card for talking back to the referee.

Despite the rough start to the Ospreys season, the team was able to salvage it and precede to the A-Sun conference playoffs for the first time in the schools history.