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Merrimack Men’s Soccer Comes Back From Early Deficit to Draw AIC

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team battled American International College to a 3-3 draw, Saturday night during NE10 action at Martone-Mejail Field.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack – 3
, American Int’l – 3
Records: Merrimack (6-1-1, 3-0-1 NE10) | Bentley (2-4-1, 1-2-1 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

  • AIC took a quick lead on a goal by Jovanni Garcia to begin the game
  • 16‘ – A corner kick for the Warriors led to the game-tying goal. Senior Michael Dushman (Bedford, Mass.) found the ball near the net, firing it but it was stopped by a diving Nicholas Romei. Sophomore Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway) was there to corral the rebound and hit the open net.
  • 17′ – Freshman Felippo Begliardi Ghidini (Ravenna, Italy) had a chance to take the lead, blasting a shot from six yards out, but it was blocked by a Yellow Jacket defender.
  • AIC capitalized on a Merrimack turnover. Garcia scored his second goal of the contest, after forcing a turnover.
  • 37′ – Beglairdi Ghidini scored his third goal of the season ripping a shot to the upper right corner of the net.
  • Alexandre Frank scored a go-ahead goal for AIC in the 65th minute. Jake Durham fired a shot towards the lower left side of the net, and Frank dove past the keeper to head the ball into the back of the goal.
  • That was not the end, however, as Merrimack tied the game in the final moments of regulation. Joedahl scored his second goal on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

Inside The Numbers

  • There was a combined 41 fouls in the game. 13 coming in both the overtime periods. Six yellow cards were issued, three for each team.
  • Joedahl tied his season-high for total goals, collecting two in tonight’s draw.
  • Keeper records: Senior Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) (T, 6-1-1) // Nicholas Romei (T, 2-3-1)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 18 (6) // AIC – 10 (4)
  • Corners: MER – 8 // AIC – 2

Up Next
The Warriors heads to Easton, Massachusetts to take on Stonehill College for a 4 p.m. NE10 contest.

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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