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MACON, Ga. – The Belmont Bruins travel to Macon for the first time in nearly a decade to take on the Mercer Bears (8-4-0, 0-1-0 SoCon) on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT at Betts Stadium. 


The two long-time Atlantic Sun rivals will meet for the second-ever time in Southern Conference play, as the Bears lead the all-time series by a 9-6-1 margin. 

The Bruins (2-8-2, 0-1-1 SoCon) and Mercer most recently met last season, when the Bears logged a 3-1 victory in Nashville. Forward Liam O'Brien's first collegiate goal in the 22nd minute was not enough to power Belmont past Mercer at E.S. Rose Park in 2018. 

However, in their last four regular season matchups with the Bears on the road, the Bruins hold a 2-1-1 advantage.

LAST TIME OUT: Belmont dropped its first match at Rose Park in nearly a month to the UNC Greensboro Spartans Tuesday night. The Spartans clinched the 2-1 road victory with a match-winning 72nd-minute penalty kick. 

Sophomore midfielder Kyle Barks recorded his first career goal in the 51st minute, as sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Petty raked in a career-best four saves on the night. 

SCOUTING MERCER: The Bears are led by head coach Brad Ruzzo, who is the second-most tenured coach in the Southern Conference (12 years). Mercer holds a 101-90-26 record under Ruzzo, as the Bears most recently made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017. 

Mercer currently claims an 8-4-0 record, as it dropped its first conference matchup of the season Tuesday to the Wofford Terriers by a score of 3-2 in overtime. After shooting out to a 7-2-0 start to the 2019 season, the Bears have dropped two out of their last three contests.

DÉJÀ VU: Including exhibitions, Mercer and the Bruins played four of the same non-conference opponents this year. Both teams have met Bradley, Memphis, Georgia State and Presbyterian this season. 

SEARCHING FOR 150: With a win over the Bears on Saturday, the Belmont men's soccer program will notch its 150th victory in program history.

FOLLOW THE BRUINS: Saturday's tilt will not contain a live stream but can be tracked via live stats.

UP NEXT: Belmont will finish out its two-match conference road swing with a stop in Lexington, Va. to take on the VMI Keydets next Saturday, Oct. 26. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CT.