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Early Strikes Lead Merrimack Men’s Soccer to 2-1 NE-10 Win at Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team scored twice in the first 15 minutes of Tuesday afternoon’s contest at Saint Anselm as the Warriors prevailed over the Hawks, 2-1, in a Northeast-10 Conference match played at Melucci Field.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2
, Saint Anselm 1
Records: Merrimack (12-4, 9-3 NE-10)
| Saint Anselm (3-11-1, 2-9-1 NE-10)
Melucci Field | Manchester, N.H.

NE-10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-eight programs in the NE-10 standings advance to the NE-10 Championship, with the top-four teams hosting quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Warriors can finish as high as second in the conference with a win on Friday vs. Saint Michael’s and one loss/tie from Franklin Pierce over its last two games.

1. Adelphi (10-0-1; 31 points)
2Merrimack (9-3; 27 points)
3. Franklin Pierce (8-3; 24 points)
4. Le Moyne (7-3-1; 22 points)
5. Southern N.H. (7-3-1; 22 points)
6. Assumption (6-5; 18 points)
7. Southern Conn. St. (5-5-2; 17 points)
8. American Int’l (5-5-1; 16 points)

How It Happened

  • 3′ – Continuing his strong play of late, senior midfielder Oscar Zepeda Cagide (Jalisco, Mexico) opened the scoring less than four minutes into the afternoon. The team captain won a tackle in the attacking third, and beat the keeper for his third goal of the year
  • 14′ – Classmate Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.) doubled the lead, pouncing on a dropped cross by Saint Anselm keeper Helio Meirelles Neto and pocketing a shot into the open net
  • 22′ – Zepeda Cagide nearly put the Warriors up by a three-spot, but Meirelles Neto made the save
  • 24′ – The Hawks’ leading scorer Emmet O’Callaghan cut the deficit in half, placing a shot past sophomore Tyler Packett (Eastham, Mass.)
  • 26′ – Less than three minutes later, Packett made his second save of the half to keep Merrimack in front
  • 60′ – The Hawks outshot the Warriors, 4-1, over the first 15 minutes of the second half, but were unable to put an attempt on target
  • 67′ – Zepeda had a blocked shot off the foot of Alleyne deflect to him, but the attacking midfielder struck it wide of the post
  • 90′ – Merrimack’s defense held to pitch a shutout in the second half, securing a victory over the Hawks

Inside The Numbers

  • Now with goals in back-to-back games, Zepeda Cagide tied his career high with his third goal of the fall. The senior now has six points on the year, equaling his total from last year when he finished with one goal and four assists
  • After scoring twice in the first six games of the year, Alleyne snapped a nine-game scoring drought against the Hawks. The fourth-year outside midfielder now has 13 goals and 30 points for his career
  • Zepeda Cagide and Alleyne became the fifth and six Warriors this season to record at least three goals. Five of the six are upperclassmen, with sophomore Lars Sund(Stavanger, Norway) as the lone underclassman of the group
  • Shots (SOG): STA 14 (3) // MER 12 (3)
  • Corners: MER 3 // STA 3

Up Next
Merrimack hosts Saint Michael’s on Friday night at 7 p.m., which will also be Senior Night. Alleyne, Joseph Briers (Nottingham, England), Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain)Philippe Jean-Baptiste (Worcester, Mass.)William Marcal (Milford, Mass.)Gunnar McCaig (Carver, Mass.)Connor O’Brien (Sandwich, Mass.)Josue Ruiz Maya (Madero, Mexico)Ryan Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) and Zepeda Cagide will all be honored in the ceremony.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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6 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
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28 - vs. Denver (7pm)
31 - vs. Colorado College (4pm)

22 - @ UMass Lowell
23 - vs. UMass Lowell

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