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.
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
The Warriors travel to Saint Anselm on Tuesday to face the Hawks at 3 p.m.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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