NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – An even game through Saturday afternoon’s entirety, it took just 53 seconds into overtime for the No. 7 Merrimack College men’s soccer program to overcome a 1-0 deficit, beating Post University, 2-1, in overtime Saturday afternoon.
Score: Merrimack 0, Post 0
Records: Merrimack (3-0-0) | Post (1-3-0)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How it Happened
- Senior Tyler Packett was tested early in the game, making three saves in the first 45 minutes.
- Merrimack couldn’t break down the Post defense, but neither could the visitors; both teams had an even number of shots after the first half came to a close.
- Packett had the save of the season to start the second half, when a point-blank opportunity was denied as the Warrior keeper got big and came off the line.
- Post scored the first goal against the Warriors all season, as Sergio Diaz bent a beautiful shot just inside the left-side post, and past the diving Packett.
- Merrimack had an opportunity to level it, when a set piece from junior Mirko Nufi skimmed the crossbar from 22 yards out.
- In the 60th minute, the game drew level. Senior Drew Lovely took a header on a corner from senior Lars Sund and buried it into the bottom corner of the net.
- The go-ahead goal nearly came on a break-away opportunity from sophomore Filippo Begliardi Ghidini, but an outstanding save from Pedersen kept the game level.
- Both teams continued to press on, but the whistle blew for extra time after 90 minutes.
- Merrimack needed just 53 seconds to finalize the game. A beautiful slot pass from junior Aasmund Joedahl found the foot of Filippo Begliardi Ghidini, and the easy finish gave the Warriors their third win of the season.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack outshot the Eagles 18-17 in the contest, putting six on frame.
- Packett made a season-high five saves in the win.
- Lovely scored the third goal of his career on the cross in from Sund.
- Keeper records: W- Tyler Packett (5 Saves, 3-0-0,) // L- Frederik Pedersen (6 Saves, 0-1-1)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 18 (6) // POST – 17 (5)
- Corners: MER – 10 // POST – 7
The Warriors have just two days separating them from their next game, hosting Saint Michael’s in the first NE10 game of the season. Kick-off at Martone-Mejail Field is set for 7 p.m.