Skaiaa Scores First Career Goal, USC Upstate Edged on the Road at Mercer

Skaiaa Scores First Career Goal, USC Upstate Edged on the Road at Mercer

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Macon, Ga. – Martin Skaiaa recorded his first career goal on Tuesday evening as the USC Upstate men's soccer team fell 3-2 in non-conference play to the Mercer Bears at Betts Stadium.

USC Upstate falls to 2-8 on the season while Mercer improves to 8-2-2 overall.


  • The Bears held a 23-16 advantage over the Spartans in shots including a 10-6 mark in attempts on goal.
  • Mercer also led 10-5 in corner kicks.
  • The Spartans finished the game with seven saves while the Bears had four.
  • Skaiiaa collected his first collegiate goal for USC Upstate.
  • Cam Philpot attempted a team-high five shots while Francis Eto added three attempts on goal.
  • Leo Toledo Jr., Emmet Johnson and Michael Ille all scored for Mercer.
  • Kobe Perez dished out two assists while Trevor Martineau and Jake Mezei each had one.
  • Toledo Jr. took a team-leading six shots while Ille had four attempts on goal.
  • CJ Cluck grabbed a season-high six saves.
  • Bears goalie JR DeRose finished with four saves.


  • Skaiaa put the Spartans ahead 1-0 in the 15th minute scoring from 30 yards away. (USC Upstate 1, Mercer 0)
  • USC Upstate evened the game in the 52nd minute off an own goal. (USC Upstate 2, Mercer 2)


  • Toledo Jr. tied the game for Mercer in the 27th minute with Martineau receiving the assist. (USC Upstate 1, Mercer 1)
  • Ille put the Bears ahead in the 50th minute off the assist from Perez. (USC Upstate 1, Mercer 2)
  • Johnson scored the game-winner in the 80th minute as both Mezei and Perez were credited with the assist. (USC Upstate 2, Mercer 3)


  • The Spartans return to County University Soccer Stadium on Saturday evening to host Presbyterian College at 7 p.m.

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