SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team relinquished the first goal on Saturday afternoon, but rebounded to score two unanswered and left Ted Grant Field with a 2-1 victory over the Le Moyne College Dolphins.
Score: Merrimack 2 Le Moyne 1
Records: Merrimack (7-1, 4-0 NE-10) | Le Moyne (4-2-1, 2-2 NE-10)
Location: Ted Grant Field | Syracuse, N.Y.
How It Happened
- 7′ – The first chance of the afternoon came off the foot of Oscar Zepeda Cagide (Jalisco, Mexico), but the senior’s shot went just wide of the post
- 10′ – Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Packett (Eastham, Mass.) made his first save of the game, and it was a difficult one. The second-year keeper used his lower body to deflect away a shot from the top of the six-yard box
- 25′ – A set piece from the near sideline resulted in the game’s first goal, as Le Moyne headed in a free kick past the outstretched arms of Packett
- 39′ – Freshman Aasmund Joedahl (Ridabu, Norway) netted his first collegiate goal to tie the game. After a free kick from Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) caused havoc in the box, Joedahl connected on the loose ball to net the equalizer
- 56′ – Attempting the first shot for either side in the second half, junior Juan Meza (Cali, Colombia) scored what proved to be the game-winner. Senior Jaime Cortes Torres(Seville, Spain) broke into the danger area, delivering a cross across the box to Meza. The third-year midfielder struck the ball right before the Le Moyne keeper could reach it, pocketing the shot into the top netting
- 62′ – The Dolphins nearly tied the game on the counterattack, but Packett picked up one of his three saves on the day, nullifying the two-one-one opportunity
- 87′ – In the first of two near-misses for Le Moyne in the final minutes, junior Mattia Lanzi (Viterbo, Italy) used his outstretched foot to clear a shot off the line that appeared destined to tie the game
- 90′ – With just seconds to play, Ben Beaury, the Le Moyne goalkeeper, joined the attack on a corner kick and sent a header over the bar
Inside The Numbers
- Meza netted not his first, but second game-winning goal of conference play on Saturday. Both goals have come on the road, the first of which occurred against American International two weeks ago
- Cortes Torres’ cross resulted in his first assist of the season, and the senior striker now leads the team with seven points
- Packett improved his record to 6-0 on the season. The first-year starter’s goal-against-average sits at 0.64 after his three-save outing against the Dolphins
- Joedahl’s first-ever goal came on his seventh shot of the year, all of which have been on target. He joins Sebastian Toro (East Boston, Mass.) as rookie scorers for Merrimack this season
Merrimack returns home on Tuesday night to face the College of Saint Rose at 7 p.m. from Martone-Mejail Field. The Warriors defeated the Golden Knights, 2-1, in last season’s NE-10 Quarterfinals.