GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team fell short in its second straight Northeast-10 Conference Championship game Sunday afternoon to Adelphi, with a 2-0 final ending another outstanding season for the Warriors.
Sophomore William Buraczynski was the recipient of this year’s Elite 24 Award for holding the highest cumulative GPA in the tournament.
Score: Adelphi 2, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (13-6-0) | Adelphi (15-3-2)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
How it Happened:
- Through the opening 15 minutes, there were just two shots; one for each side. Merrimack’s first chance came in the opening 15, when sophomore Filippo Begliardi Ghidini was called offside just outside the six; the shot went in just before the whistle was called, keeping the match scoreless.
- Minutes later, pressure from the Panthers paid off, as the team’s first true look of the game resulted in a score. On a designed short corner kick, James Thirstino ripped a shot in that was blocked; a healthy bounce put the ball right onto the feet of Alessandro Corti, and the blast was a no-doubter into the side netting.
- In the 35th minute, Tyler Packett made the biggest save of the postseason. A point-blank opportunity from Adelphi inside the box was saved, when the NE10 goalkeeper of the year made a kick-save to keep the deficit at one goal.
- Merrimack drew four straight corners in the 38th minute, with the best opportunity coming off the second attempt. A volley from 25 yards out off the foot of senior Sergio Martinez had eyes for the back of the net, but Matt Apicella made a terrific save kept it scoreless.
- Apicella came up big once again for the Panthers; when Begliardi Ghidini’s shot forced the keeper off his line, the Apicella made a sliding save, keeping the Warriors off the board.
- After a heel-flick shot from senior Paul Magazzu that was kept out of the net, the Panthers’ counter was nearly fatal; senior back Sam King was able to match it, however. On a wide-open opportunity on the right side, a shot in from James Thirstino would have gotten past Packett; instead, a sliding save from King kept the ball out of the net.
- In the 72nd, Merrimack nearly leveled the score. A beautiful ball inside the box was flicked on frame by freshman Gianluca Arlotti; the shot was kept out of the box, as a defender was able to clear it out from behind Apicella.
- In the 86th, Adelphi put the insurance goal into the back of the net. Paolo Marciano read a back pass perfectly, and took it 30 yards untouched before finishing the open shot past Packett.
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors finish the season with a 13-6 overall record, after reaching the NE10 Championship for the second straight season.
- Merrimack led the shot category for the game’s entirety; the team finished with a 22-13 advantage.
- Keeper records: – L, Tyler Packett (3 Saves, 13-6-0,) // W –Matt Apicella (7 Saves, 15-3-2)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 22 (6) // ADE – 13 (4)
- Corners: MER – 3 // ADE – 9