SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Warriors scored with less than 20 minutes left in the second half Saturday night, beating American International on the road by a score of 1-0.
Score: Merrimack 1, AIC, 0
Records: Merrimack (5-1-0) | AIC (1-5-0)
Location: Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.
How it Happened
- Merrimack was tested early by the Yellow Jackets, as both teams couldn’t break down the defense for the majority of the first half. Only five shots total between the two, with one save apiece made by each goalkeeper.
- As close of a game the first 45 minutes happened to be, it showed on the aggressive side of the game as well; 20 whistles were blown, with 10 fouls going to each team.
- The Warriors made adjustments at the half, and it began to pay off. In the second half, they tripled their shot tally, and put four on goal.
- AIC returned the favor, especially in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Senior Tyler Packett had to make three saves early, but was relieved when the Merrimack offense came alive.
- The stalemate was broken in the 71st minute, when freshman Tola Showunmi snuffed out his third goal of the season. A bending ball in by senior Lars Sund was placed perfectly onto the head of Showunmi, who popped it in for the 1-0 lead.
- Merrimack locked down defensively, allowing just three shots in the final 20 minutes.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack gave up three goals last season to the Yellow Jackets before the shutout victory today.
- There were 28 fouls between both teams without a card given.
- Keeper records: W- Tyler Packett (4 Saves, 5-1-0) // L- Nicholas Romei (2 Saves, 0-2-0)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 16 (4) // AIC – 7 (4)
- Corners: MER – 5 // AIC – 0
The Warriors are back at home for the first time in two weeks, taking on NE10 foe Stonehill. Game time at Martone-Mejail Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.