Merrimack ousts Assumption in NE10 Quarterfinals, will host semifinal Friday

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Two goals proved to be the difference Tuesday night, as the Merrimack College men’s soccer team secured a spot in the Northeast 10 Conference semifinal with a 2-0 shutout victory over Assumption College.

Freshman Tola Showunmi started the scoring just seven minutes into the contest, netting his second game-winner of the year against the Greyhounds; junior Aasmund Joedahl netted the go-ahead goal in the first half, and senior Tyler Packett earned his ninth shutout of the season.

With top-seeded Le Moyne falling 2-1 against #8 American International, the Warriors will host the NE10 semifinal Friday night.

The Basics
Score: Assumption 0, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (12-5-0, 9-5-0 NE10)
| Assumption (8-7-2, 6-6-2 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How it Happened:

  • It took just seven minutes before the Warriors got on the board. After firing off multiple shots, the home team was able to find a gap in the Assumption defense. A ball from senior Sam King was timed perfect on a run from freshman Tola Showunmi; after getting one-on-one with freshman keeper Sebastian Jimenez, the England native slotted a low shot, giving the first lead of the game to the game to the hosts.
  • In the 30th minute, the Warriors doubled its lead. A ball played in from the far corner hit the feet of junior Aasmund Joedahl; he made a few moves inside the 18, and was able to sneak a shot past the outstretched Jimenez.
  • Jimenez made a plethora of big saves, keeping the Greyhounds within reach; in total, he stopped seven shots in the opening 45 minutes.
  • The second half proved to be scoreless, with Merrimack shutting down defensively and giving up just three shots.

Notes and Numbers

  • The Warriors will host an NE10 semifinal for the second straight season.
  • Merrimack has posted nine shutouts this season, equaling last year’s total.
  • This is the second year that a #8 seed has made it through the first round, with American Int’l beating Le Moyne this year.
  • The Warriors have won its 10th game at home this season.
  • Tola Showunmi has scored a goal in both games against Assumption this season.
  • Keeper records: – W, Tyler Packett (2 Saves, 12-5-0,) // L – Sebastian Jimenez (7 Saves, 8-7-2)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 14 (9) // ASM – 7 (2)
  • Corners: MER – 5 // ASM – 4

Up Next:
Merrimack will host American International this Friday, November 2, in the semifinal round of the Northeast 10 Conference tournament. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

About Mike McMahon 6287 Articles
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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