RINDGE, N.H. – Victimized by a late goal off a set piece in the 85th minute, the No. 19 Merrimack College men’s soccer team lost by a 1-0 final on Saturday night to the Franklin Pierce University Ravens in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Score: Franklin Pierce 1, Merrimack 0
Records: #19 Merrimack (10-3, 7-2 NE-10) | Franklin Pierce (8-3, 6-3 NE-10)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.
How It Happened
- 15′ – Sophomore Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) was fouled just outside the box, setting up a set piece from straight away. Junior Mattia Lanzi (Viterbo, Italy) struck a left-footed laser that caromed off the crossbar but did not cross the goal line
- 16′ – One minute later and on the counterattack, Sund’s first shot of the night was saved and senior Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.) had the rebound reach his right foot, but the ensuing shot sail over the frame
- 29′ – Sophomore Tyler Packett (Eastham,Mass.) made his first save of the night near the 30-minute mark, as a through ball sent a Ravens forward in on the right side, but Packett defended the play to keep things scoreless
- 42′ & 44′ – Freshman Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway) came on as a reserve and had a pair of shots blocked, each resulting in corners, but the Warriors did not capitalize on either chance
- 60′ – Senior Oscar Zepeda Cagide (Jalisco, Mexico) put his team-leading fourth shot on target, but the attempt was saved
- 66′ – Another chance, this time from Sund, was saved by Ravens keeper Jadel Poon-Lewis
- 85′ – Jacob Blixt – who entered the game leading the Ravens in scoring – stepped to take a free kick from 35 yards out and his lofting ball found its way to Niklas Laudahn, who headed a shot past Packett and into the net
- 88′ – Lanzi struck Merrimack’s best chance in the final five minutes, but Poon-Lewis punched his direct free kick away from danger
Inside The Numbers
- Shots (SOG): MER 19 (4) // FPU 6 (2)
- Corners: MER 8 // FPU 4
- Despite tying with Zepeda Cagide for the team-lead in shots, Lanzi saw his four-game point streak (2G, 4A) come to a halt up in Rindge
- Packett finished with one save on the night, while Poon-Lewis totaled four for Franklin Pierce
- The physicality increased in the second half, with five yellow cards handed out. Three went to the Ravens while a pair of Warriors received bookings
The Warriors return to Martone-Mejail Field on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to face the Stonehill Skyhawks.