CHAMPS ARE HERE: Nufi’s Penalty Kick Delivers NEC Crown to Men’s Soccer

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2,
Fairleigh Dickinson 1
Records: Merrimack (10-3-1) | Fairleigh Dickinson (6-8-2)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

The Summary

  • The Warriors first goal was scored early on in the 5th minute when freshman Alessandro Negri came streaking down the side and kick a cross to senior Aasmund Joedahl who headed it past the Fairleigh Dickinson goalkeeper.
  • The Knights struck back right before the end of the half in the 43rd minute.  Peter Kozlej scored to give Fairleigh Dickinson momentum heading into halftime.
  • Things remained tied until late in the 2nd overtime period.  Junior Filippo Begliardi Ghidini drew a foul on the Fairleigh Dickinson goalkeeper to give Merrimack an opportunity for a penalty kick.  Nufi lined the kick up and knocked it home to give the Warriors a 2-1 and a regular-season conference championship.

Stats & Figures

  • The game-winner by Nufi is his third of the season all via penalty kicks.
  • In addition to his assist, Negri had two shots on goal in the game which tied him for the lead with Gianluca Arlotti
  • Merrimack had 21 shots compared to Fairleigh Dickinson’s four
  • The Knights received two yellow cards during the game

Up Next
Merrimack concludes their regular season on Sunday, November 10th.  It is senior day at Martone-Mejail field.  Kickoff is set for 1p.m.

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