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No. 9 LIU Post Downs No. 25 Merrimack in NCAA Tournament Rematch

Photo: Merrimack Athletics

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team fell to No. 9 LIU Post, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon at Purple Knights Field on the campus of the University of Bridgeport. It was a rematch of the 2016 NCAA II Championship second round.

The Basics
Score: #25 Merrimack – 0
, #9 LIU Post -1
Records: #25 Merrimack (2-1) | #9 LIU Post (2-0-1)
Location: Knights Field | Bridgeport, Conn.

How It Happened

  •  7′ – The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Lukas Ostermann received a through ball from Charlie Ledula down the left wing.
  • 24′ – Sophomore Christian Mackenzie (Franklin, Mass.) had a good opportunity to tie the game with a shot from just inside the box, but it was blocked and cleared away by the defense.
  • 26′ – LIU Post looked to extend the lead, but senior keeper Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) challenged Martin Lozano just inside the six to snag the loose ball and end the threat.
  • 75′ – Freshman Filippo Begliardi Ghidini (Ravenna, Italy) drilled a shot from 20 yards out, but it was grabbed out of the air by Hessner Hansen.
  • 80′ – Sophomore Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway) had a shot that got to the back line, but a Pioneer defender cleared the ball out of danger.
  • 87′ – Begliardi Ghidini shot from directly in front of the net sailed just over the crossbar as it was the last shot by the Warriors.

Inside The Numbers

  • Joedahl and Begliardi Ghidini each had three shots, two of which landed on net.
  • Rezende finished with three saves in the contest.
  • The Warriors outshot their opponent 7-5 in the second half, including 4-1 with shots on target.
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 10 (4) // LIU – 10 (4)
  • Corners: MER – 3 // LIU – 3

Up Next
The Warriors return to Knights Field on Saturday to take on Bridgeport at 7 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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