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Men’s Soccer: Merrimack Beaten By Le Moyne in NE-10 Semis; Will Learn NCAA Fate Monday

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior midfielder Oscar Zepeda Cagide (Jalisco, Mexico) of the No. 19 Merrimack College men’s soccer program scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute to tie Saturday’s Northeast-10 Semifinal at one-all, but the third-seeded Le Moyne College Dolphins scored in the 84th minute to prevail in 2-1 fashion and advance to Sunday’s NE-10 Final.

Links: Box Score | Game Highlights

The Basics
Score:
 Le Moyne 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (14-5)
 | Le Moyne (14-3-2)
Location:
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

2016 NE-10 Championship:
Tuesday, November 1st 
Quarterfinals ­- at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #1 Adelphi def. #8 Southern Conn., 1-0
Match 2: #2 Merrimack def. #7 American International, 2-0
Match 3:  #3 Le Moyne def. #6 Assumption, 1-0
Match 4: #4 Franklin Pierce def. #5 Southern N.H., 2-1 (2OT)

Friday, November 4th 
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 5: #1 Adelphi def. #4 Franklin Pierce, 2-0
Match 6: #3 Le Moyne def. #2 Merrimack, 2-1

How It Happened

  • 11′ – After 10 minutes went by without much action, Le Moyne capitalized on a set piece. Sam Daniel delivered a left-footed free kick that took a deflection off a Merrimack defender before reaching Jack Ball, who headed a shot to the left Tyler Packett (Eastham, Mass.) and into the net
  • 18′ – Junior Mattia Lanzi (Viterbo, Italy) made a run down the left side and sent a threatening cross through the six-yard box, but the Dolphins cleared the service away
  • 34′ – Merrimack’s best chance of the opening stanza came from freshman reserve Aasmund Joedahl(Ridabu, Norway). The rookie broke behind the Dolphins’ right back, and his shot took a deflection, but NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year Ben Beaury was positioned to make the save
  • 53′ – Zepeda Cagide nearly had an equalizer early in the second half but his straightaway shot from 10 yards out was blocked and caromed over the bar
  • 65′ – Twelve minutes later, the attacking midfielder netted the tying goal. Senior forward Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain) was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Zepeda Cagide approached the dot and stuck a low-lining shot into the bottom left of the net to make it 1-1
  • 74′ – Zepeda Cagide nearly put Merrimack in front, but his half-volley from outside the box rose over the cross bar and out of play
  • 84′ – The Dolphins, after not having possession for much of the second half, scored when Marcello Palucci’s cross deflected off a pair of bodies in front and crept over the goal line for the go-ahead goal

Inside The Numbers

  • Zepeda Cagide finished the night with a team-high five shots and scored his career-high fourth goal of the season. He has scored both of Merrimack’s penalty-kick goals on the year and is one point shy of his career high (9), set as a sophomore
  • Ben Beaury proved his billing as the league’s top keeper, making five saves on the night. Packett finished the contest with a pair of stops for Merrimack
  • From the left side, senior Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.) and Lanzi combined for four shots, two of which were on frame
  • Shots (SOG): MER 13 (7) // LEM 7 (4)
  • Corners: MER 6 // LEM4

Up Next
Merrimack awaits its fate in the NCAA Tournament, with the Selection Show airing on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.The Warriors ranked as the No. 3 team in the East Region in the most recent regional poll, with the program aiming for its third straight trip to the Big Dance.

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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