Merrimack tops Saint Rose with three second-half goals

Merrimcack College Men's Soccer v Bentley at Multi-Sports Stadium in Waltham, MA on September 21, 2016. Photo: Mike Gridley

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – For the second straight game, the Merrimack College men’s soccer team utilized three second half goals to put a win in the score column Saturday night, defeating Saint Rose 3-2.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3,
 Saint Rose, 2
Records: Merrimack (8-2-0) | Saint Rose (6-3-1)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field |North Andover, Mass.

How it Happened

  • The Warriors fought tooth-and-nail with the Golden Knights through the first 45 minutes, with little to no scoring opportunities for either side. Just five shots combined between both teams was a result of great play between the middle third of the field.
  • Merrimack got on the scoreboard just three minutes in to the second half. A set piece from 22 yards out off the foot of sophomore Filippo Begliardi Ghidini and snuck through the wall for the goal.
  • In the 52nd minute, junior Sebastian Toro got in on the action. After a ball fed in from Begliardi Ghidini opened up a lane for Toro, the shot from the right side was on frame, but took a deflection before bouncing in.
  • The lead tripled ten minutes later. Senior Lars Sund took a 35 yard set piece and curled it inside the box; senior Sam King flicked a back pass to junior Mirko Nufi, who finished off the passwith an easy head in.
  • Saint Rose made it interesting just inside 20 minutes. A deep ball into the six found Victor Goncalves-Rocha, who buried it into the right side of the netting.
  • The Golden Knights pulled within one in the 82nd minute. Ensuing a corner, a ball crossed into the six was headed in by Jaako Terasranta.

Notes and Numbers

  • This is the second game where the Warriors have posted all three goals in the back 45 minutes.
  • Toro’s goal went down as his second of the year, while Nufi scored in the last two games on balls won in the air.
  • Keeper records: W- Tyler Packett (3 Saves, 8-2-0,) // L – Gianni Carillo (2 Saves, 2-8-0)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 14 (8) // STR – 12 (6)
  • Corners: MER – 6 // STR – 2

Up Next:
The Warriors are home Saturday, October 6, to take on Adelphi. Game time at Martone-Mejail Field is set for 7 p.m.

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