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
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
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.