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Merrimack blanks Stonehill for fifth shutout of the season

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team improved their overall record to 6-1-0 Tuesday night with their fifth shutout of the season, downing Stonehill 1-0 in their first home game in two

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1,
 Stonehill, 0
Records: Merrimack (6-1-0, 3-1-0 NE10) | Stonehill (3-4-1, 2-3-0 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How it Happened

  • The first 12 minutes of the game proved to be the most important for the Warriors, as they were able to pepper three shots to start the game.
  • Once the offense got in a rhythm, it wasn’t long before the first goal was scored. Sophomore Filippo Begliardi Ghidini was fed a beautiful ball inside the six from freshman Francesco Dondini, and the one-time shot was good for a 1-0 Merrimack lead.
  • From there, the Skyhawk defense solidified. Only three more shots from the Warriors were put on frame in the first half, and Skyhawk keeper Billy Troast was there to put a wall between the pipes.
  • Stonehill’s best offensive push came at the start of the second half, where senior Tyler Packett was forced to make a pair of saves to keep his team in the lead.
  • Merrimack had chances in the 70th and 81st minute to add to their lead; a curling shot from freshman Tola Showunmi, and a rocket from Ghidini – both of which rung the post.
  • Three cards were awarded as tension mounted in the final 15 minutes, but neither defense broke down, ending the game with a 1-0 Merrimack victory.

Notes and Numbers

  • Merrimack’s sixth goal translated on paper as their fifth shutout victory.
  • The Warriors allowed just two shots in the final 55 minutes.
  • Keeper records: W- Tyler Packett (5 Saves, 6-1-0,) // L- Billy Troast (7 Saves, 1-3-1)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 15 (8) // STO – 6 (5)
  • Corners: MER – 6 // STO – 1

Up Next:
The Warriors are back on the road this weekend, taking on Le Moyne Saturday, September 29. Game time at Ted Grant Field is set for noon.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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