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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.

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