SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The 23rd-ranked Merrimack College men’s soccer team defeated American International College, 7-0, earlier today in Springfield.
Score: Merrimack 7 | AIC 0
Records: Merrimack (11-2-2, 7-2-2 NE-10) | AIC (8-8-0, 5-7-0)
Location: Ronald J. Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.
What They Said
Head coach Tony Martone: “The offensive got going today, and I think that we played some our best soccer of the season. It was one of the most complete games that we have played this year.”
How It Happened
The Warriors scored a season-high seven goals against the Yellow Jackets, and scored the most goals in a game since the program scored six against Stonehill College in 2008.
Freshman Juan Meza (Cali, Colombia) scored the first goal of the game in the 28th minute. Junior Augusto Silva (Hudson, Mass.) took a shot that deflected to Meza, allowing him to score easily.
Sophomore transfer Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain) added the only other goal of the half about 12 minutes later, capitalizing off a pass from Mattia Lanzi (Viterbo, Italy). For Lanzi, it was his first collegiate point and first career assist.
The Warriors didn’t score for the first 15 minutes of the second half, but then the team erupted for five second-half tallies, including three in a span of less than 10 minutes.
Senior Ryan Miller (Holden, Mass.) continued his strong play late in the season with a goal off a free kick in the 62nd minute. Less than three minutes later, freshman Michael Dushman (Bedford, Mass.) notched his fourth goal of the year as he headed in his own rebound.
Senior captain Michael Buraczynski (Littleton, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season courtesy of a free kick played into the danger area by Silva.
Cortes Torres scored his second goal of the game, and the team’s fourth of the half in the 75th minute. Freshman Rui Cardoso (Bristol, Conn.) became the third Warriors rookie to net a goal when he capped off the scoring in the 86th minute.
Inside The Numbers
Redshirt sophomore Felipe Guimaraes (Haverhill, Mass.) tallied an assist on Cardoso’s goal, his first career helper and first career point. He appeared in his fourth game of the season.
Miller’s goal marks his first of the season and sixth point, tying his career high. He now has six points (1g, 3a) over his last seven contests.
Augusto Silva totaled two assists tonight, to take the team lead in points with 14
Cardoso, Cortes Torres and Silva all recorded multi-point nights for Merrimack
Senior goalkeeper Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) notched two saves to complete his fourth consecutive clean sheet and sixth of the season. Merrimack has not allowed a goal in the last 360:00 of game time
The Navy and Gold take on Franklin Pierce on the road on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.