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PREVIEW: #19 Merrimack Men’s Soccer Hosts Le Moyne in NE-10 Semifinal

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Eyeing its third Northeast-10 Final berth over the last five years, the No. 19 Merrimack College men’s soccer team meets the third-seeded Le Moyne College Dolphins on Friday night for a NE-10 Semifinal matchup at Martone-Mejail Field.

The Basics
Date/Time:
 11/4 | 7 p.m.
Records: #19 Merrimack (14-4)
 | Le Moyne (13-3-2)
Location:
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Links: Live Stats | Video | Follow @MerrimackMSOC

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: #4 Franklin Pierce at #1 Adelphi, 7:00 p.m.
Match 6: #3 Le Moyne at #2 Merrimack, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 6th
Championship Final­ at Highest Seed
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner

Last Time Out:

  • The Warriors downed the American International Yellow Jackets in 2-0 fashion on Tuesday night, winning their fifth straight NE-10 Quarterfinal
  • Seniors Joseph Briers (Nottingham, England) and Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain) each scored goals, with Briers’ 13th-minute tally serving as the game-winner
  • The first goal of the night came following an attempted clearance by the Yellow Jackets, which bounded right for Briers. The senior center back hit a right-footed shot across the box and into the side netting
  • Playing against 10 men following an AIC red card, Merrimack broke through again in the 74th minute. Sophomore Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) picked out Cortes Torres on a free kick in the box, who headed his sixth goal of the season past Sebastian Tamayo
  • Merrimack aims for its first trip to the conference final since consecutive berths in 2012 and 2013. The Warriors last won an NE-10 Championship in 1997

Earlier This Season vs. Le Moyne:

  • After conceding the first goal, the Navy and Gold answered with two unanswered strikes to come away with the win. Freshman Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway)registered the equalizer – his first-ever goal – while junior Juan Meza (Cali, Colombia) hit a one-timer at the far post into the top-right corner for a 56th-minute game-winner
  • Sophomore Tyler Packett (Eastham, Mass.) made three saves, while his defense racked up one team save to prevent another Le Moyne goal
  • Friday will mark the second straight season that the Dolphins and Warriors have met in postseason play. Merrimack defeated Le Moyne, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last year on a game-winning goal from Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.)

The Dolphins:

  • Le Moyne edged Assumption, 1-0, in its quarterfinal match to advance into the semis. Freshman Salar Faryar netted his 13th goal of the season, which held up as the game-winner
  • Faryar currently is in a three-way tie for the conference lead in both goals (13) and points (28) during his superb debut season
  • The Dolphins boast one of the top keepers in the conference, Ben Beaury, who owns a 0.61 goals-against-average and a .762 save percentage

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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