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SNHU Hands Merrimack Men’s Soccer Double-Overtime Defeat, 2-1

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Rivals reunited on Saturday evening when the Merrimack College men’s soccer team invited the Southern New Hampshire Penmen to Martone-Mejail Field for a Homecoming Weekend tilt. The match went to a second overtime, but the visitors prevailed with less than nine minutes remaining to come away with a 2-1 Northeast-10 victory.

Links: Box Score | Game Highlights

The Basics
Score:
 SNHU 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (11-4, 8-3 NE-10)
 | SNHU (10-3-1, 7-3-1 NE-10)
Location:
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

NE-10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-eight programs in the NE-10 standings advance to the NE-10 Championship, with the top-four teams hosting quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Warriors have two games remaining in the regular season following Saturday’s matchup with SNHU.

1. Adelphi (10-0-1; 31 points)
2. Franklin Pierce (8-3; 24 points)
3. Merrimack (8-3; 24 points)
4. Southern N.H. (7-3-1; 22 points)
5. Le Moyne (7-3-1; 22 points)
6. Assumption (6-5; 18 points)
7. American Int’l (5-5-1; 16 points)
8. Stonehill (5-6; 16 points)

How It Happened

  • 6′ – Senior Oscar Zepeda Cagide (Jalisco, Mexico) attempted a shot from distance off a corner-kick service, but the lining drive sailed just over the bar
  • 18′ – Sophomore Tyler Packett (Eastham, Mass.) made his first save of the night on a free kick attempted directly at the first-year starter. Packett sidestepped to his right and caught the shot
  • 24′ – The visitors broke through, but not before Packett made back-to-back saves. On the second shot of that series, the rebound went out to a Merrimack defender, but the clearing attempt was picked off by the Penmen’s Romain Daniellou. The ensuing shot deflected off the near post and into the net
  • 40′ – Senior Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain) nearly equalized off a cross from Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway), but his header rang off the post
  • 53′ – Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the Warriors equalized. A loose ball in the box rolled out to Zepeda Cagide, who sprinted onto it and struck a right-footed shot into the back of the net
  • 67′ – Defenders Josue Ruiz Maya (Madero, Mexico) and Connor O’Brien (Sandwich, Mass.) each had headed attempts within minutes of each other, but both went wide of the frame
  • 84′ – Zepeda Cagide had a chance to strike a go-ahead tally, but his curling attempt was saved by Penmen keeper Nick Zucco
  • 93′ – Merrimack’s best chance of the extra time came three minutes into the first overtime, when senior Ryan Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) played a through ball to Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway), but Merrimack’s sophomore was offside went the ball was played
  • 102′ – SNHU won the game on a cross delivered into the six-yard box, that deflected of Joseph Briers (Nottingham, England) and past Packett to win the game for the visitors

Inside The Numbers

  • For Zepeda Cagide, the second-half goal snapped a 13-game goal drought. The senior attacking midfielder netted a goal in the Warriors first game of the season against Caldwell, on a penalty kick
  • The team captain also led the Navy and Gold with five shots. Cortes Torres finished right behind with four of his own
  • Robert Brown played the cross into the box that led the game-winner. Romain Daniellou, the Penmen’s first-half goal scorer, led the way with four shots
  • Shots (SOG): MER 14 (5) // SNHU 11 (7)
  • Corners: MER 3 // SNHU 2

Up Next
The Warriors travel to Saint Anselm on Tuesday to face the Hawks at 3 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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