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Men’s Soccer: No. 24 Merrimack draws against Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The No. 23 Merrimack College men’s soccer team could not keep pace with Adelphi in the NE10 standings Tuesday night, playing to a 1-1 tie against Southern New Hampshire from Larkin Field.

The Basics
Score: No. 24 Merrimack – 1
, Southern New Hampshire – 1 | Final 2OT
Records: Merrimack (12-2-2, 9-1-2 NE10) |Southern New Hampshire (11-2-2, 8-2-2 NE10)
Location: Larkin Field | Manchester, N.H.

NE10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-eight finishers advance to the NE10 Championship, which begins with opening round action on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The semifinals and finals will be played on Friday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 5, respectively will all contests occurring at the site of the higher remaining seed. Merrimack has one game remaining in the regular season, looking to clinch one of the top-two spots in the conference standings. 
1. Adelphi (10-1-1)
2. Merrimack (9-1-2)
3. SNHU (8-2-2)
4. SCSU (7-1-4)
5. Le Moyne (7-3-2)
6. Saint Rose (5-5-2)
7. Franklin Pierce (4-5-2)
8. Bentley (4-6-2)
9. AIC (4-6-1)
10. Stonehill (3-8-1)
11. Assumption (3-8-1)
12. Saint Anselm (3-8-1)
13. New Haven (3-8-1)
14. Saint Michael’s (2-10)

How It Happened

  • 10′ – The Warriors had an early chance on a corner kick. The ball got deflected to freshman Filippo Begliardi Ghidini (Ravenna, Italy), who blasted a shot from six yards out was blocked by a Penmen defender. Senior Mattia Lanzi (Viterbo, Italy) took a free kick from the far side, and his shot just went above the cross bar moments later.
  • 23′ – Southern New Hampshire’s keeper Daniel Milton made a big save from six-yards out.
  • 32′ – Senior keeper Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) countered with a save of his own. With a shot from 30 yards out quickly falling, Rezende made a last second effort to leap and punch the ball just over the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
  • 45′ – With time winding down, it was Lanzi who found the back of the net for the Warriors. His shot from the far side of the field knocked off the post and into the net to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead.
  • 55′ – Lanzi looked to extend the lead, but his shot went off the cross bar.
  • 65′ – Rezende made a point-blank save on Romain Daniellou’s shot to keep the 1-0 lead. The senior keeper made another big play to keep the 1-0 lead in the 73rd minute as well.
  • 82′- The Penmen would not go quietly, as Louka Masset scored the equalizer following a corner kick. A header by Alex Satrustegui went right to the middle of the box and Masset one-timed the pass into the open net.
  • 102′ – The Penmen had a golden opportunity to score the game-winner, but a Merrimack defender and Rezende were there to save the game.
  • 106′ – Junior Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) had his own chance to give Merrimack the victory, but his shot was denied by Milton.

Inside The Numbers

  • It was a very physical game with 40 fouls called, including three yellow cards.
  • The Warriors controlled play in the first half with a 9-5 shot edge, and 5-2 corner kick advantage. However, the Penmen outshot Merrimack in the last 65 minutes, 13-6.
  • Rezende finished with five saves in the game.
  • Keeper records: Lucas Rezende (Tie, 12-2-2,) // Daniel Milton (Tie, 11-2-2)
  • Shots (SOG): MER –  15 (6) // SNHU – 18 (6)
  • Corners: MER – 7 // SNHU – 11

Up Next
Merrimack wraps up the regular season with a trip to Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday, Oct. 27. The Warriors will face the Greyhounds of Assumption College at 4 p.m.

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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