NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Three goals stood between the No. 6 Merrimack men’s soccer team and Saint Michael’s Tuesday night, as the Warriors blanked the visiting Purple Knights at Martone-Mejail Field, 3-0.
Score: Merrimack 3, St. Michael’s 0
Records: Merrimack (3-0-0) | Saint Michael’s (1-3-0)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How it Happened
- Merrimack needed just eight minutes to break into the scoring column. Junior Sebastian Toro cleaned up a rebound after a shot was deflected inside the six, finding the back of the net with ease to give the Warriors a 1-0 advantage.
- Saint Michael’s had their best chance to score right before halftime. Senior Tyler Packett had to make a fantastic diving save to his right as a low shot by Justin D’Orlando nearly tied the game.
- Although the Warriors peppered on nine shots through the first half, the score remained 0-0 as the halftime whistle sounded.
- 38 seconds into the second half, senior Paul Magazzu found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. A rocket of a shot took a deflection inside the box, and floated over the Saint Michael’s keeper and into the back of the net.
- Freshman Gianluca Arlotti netted his first career goal in the 61st minute to close out the scoring. A low shot inside the six yard box took a bad Saint Michael’s deflection and snuck past keeper Leland Gazo.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack out-shot the Purple Knights 14-7, putting six on frame.
- Arlotti and Magazzu become the eighth and ninth players on the team with a goal this season.
- This was the first game all season without a card being drawn on either side for the Warriors.
- Keeper records: W- Tyler Packett (1 Save, 4-0-0,) // L- Leland Gazo (3 Saves, 0-2-0)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 14 (6) // STM – 7 (1)
- Corners: MER – 7 // STM – 2
The Warriors have three days’ rest before hosting their fifth straight game Saturday, September 15, taking on New Haven for a 7 p.m. start.