Merrimack falls short in NE10 Championship against Adelphi

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.

In addition, Merrimack junior Mirko Nufi and freshman Tola Showunmi were both named to the All-Tournament team for outstanding performances durning the Warriors’ postseason run.

The Basics
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

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