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Goldey Beacom knocks off Merrimack in NCAA Tournament

Links: Box Score | NCAA Bracket

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The No. 10 Merrimack College men’s soccer team’s historic 2017 season ended with a 1-0 loss to Goldey-Beacom at Adelphi University’s Motamed Field on Thursday, as the Warriors’ postseason run concluded in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship.

The Basics
Score: No. 10 Merrimack – 0
, Goldey-Beacom – 1 | Final
Records: No. 10 Merrimack (16-3-2) |Goldey-Beacom (17-4-1)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.

2017 NCAA East Region:
The two remaining programs following the first and second rounds will meet in the regional final.
First Round (Thursday, Nov. 9)
Match 1: #5 District of Columbia 3, #4 So. Conn. St. 0 |  Final
Match 2: #6 Goldey-Beacom 1, #3 Merrimack 0 | Final
Second Round (Saturday, Nov. 11)
Match 3: #5 District of Columbia vs. #1 LIU Post (1:00pm) | Brookville, N.Y.
Match 4: #6 Goldey-Beacom vs. #2 Adelphi (7:00pm) | Garden City, N.Y.

How It Happened

  • Goldey-Beacom had early pressure in the game. Nicolas Jaramillo had a great chance to put the Lightning on top in the 11th minute, but graduate student Josue Ruiz Maya (Madero, Mexico) made a sliding tackle to block the shot and pushed out away from danger.
  • Junior Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) made his way to the right side of the box and his shot was barely tipped away by Suhail Bismilla.
  • Freshman Filippo Begliardi Ghidini (Ravenna, Italy) had an opportunity in the 20th minute. A through ball slipped by a defender and the foot race was on. However, the Goldey-Beacom keeper came out to challenge the play to intercept the ball just outside the six-yard box.
  • 38′ – It was the Lightning who struck first. Jaramillo dribbled through the defense and chipped the ball by the oncoming Warrior keeper to give Goldey-Beacom a 1-0 lead.
  • Sophomore Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway) had a great chance for the equalizer from just outside the box in the 70th minute. His free kick chance, however, went straight into the hands of Suhail Bismilla.
  • 77′ – Joedahl had another great chance to find the equalizer, but his shot was deflected away by a defender, forcing a Merrimack corner kick.
  • 82′- The Warriors continued to pressure late. Sophomore Sebastian Toro (East Boston, Mass.) fired a blast towards goal, but it was deflected late by a Lightning defender.

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors outshot Goldey-Beacom, 9-7 in the second half.
  • Keeper records: L- Senior Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) (4 Saves, 16-2-2,) // W.- Suhail Bismilla (7 Saves, 14-4-1)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 15 (7) // GBC – 12 (5)
  • Corners: MER – 3 // GBC – 2

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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