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Men’s Soccer: No. 9 Merrimack falls to No. 23 Southern Connecticut on Senior Day

Juan Meza Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 9 Merrimack College men’s soccer team lost to #23 Southern Connecticut State, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in NE10 action. It was also senior day for the Warriors.

Links: Box Score | Highlights

The Basics
Score: No. 9 Merrimack – 1
, #23 So. Conn. State – 2
Records: Merrimack (12-2-1, 9-1-1 NE10) |So. Conn. State (9-2-3, 7-1-3 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

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 two games remaining in the regular season, looking to clinch one of the top-two spots in the conference standings.
1. Adelphi (9-1-1)
2. Merrimack (9-1-1)
3. SNHU (8-2-1)
4. SCSU (7-1-3)
5. Le Moyne (7-2-2)
6. Saint Rose (5-5-1)
7. Franklin Pierce (4-5-2)
8. AIC (4-6-1)
9. Bentley (3-6-2)
10. Assumption (3-7-1)
11. Saint Anselm (3-7-1)
12. Stonehill (2-8-1)
13. New Haven (2-8-1)
14. Saint Michael’s (2-9)

How It Happened

  • Merrimack jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Senior Juan Meza (Cali, Columbia) picked up his third goal of the year on an assist by junior Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway), following a corner kick. Southern Connecticut went on to outshoot the Warriors 7-3 in the first half, with senior keeper Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) one save.
  • 50′ – The Owls knotted things up on a goal by Lucas Szymecki, as he fired a shot from six-yards out.
  • Merrimack looked to take the lead on a pair of shots. However, the first was blocked and the second one was turned away by the Owls keeper.
  • 66′ – Southern Connecticut took the lead on a goal by Sabri Akter. A pair of one-timed passes led him to the far post for his second goal of the season.
  • 90′ – Meza and Sund had last second chances for Merrimack to tie the game, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Inside The Numbers

  • It was the first loss for Merrimack since a 1-0 contest to #9 LIU Post back on Sept. 7. It was only the third time in the last seven meetings that the Owls came away with the victory.
  • Keeper records: Lucas Rezende (L, 12-2-1,) // Noah Varonier (W, 9-2-3)
  • Shots (SOG): MER –  12 (7) // SCSU – 11 (4)
  • Corners: MER – 6 // SCSU – 1

Up Next
Merrimack wraps up the regular season with a pair of road contests, the first against Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The Penman are receiving votes towards the national poll.

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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