The Merrimack College men’s soccer team looks to get back into this win column this Tuesday, Octover 23, as it plays host to #18 Southern New Hampshire University
Last Time Out:
- The first half of Saturday’s contest saw no score, despite the Warriors outshooting the Owls 5-3 in the opening 45 minutes.
- Despite being outshot 5-3 in the first half, the Owls struck first. A low cross into the box from Lukas Szymecki was tapped into the back of the net by Ignasi Cererois for the first and only goal of the contest.
- In the second half, the Warriors blasted eight more total shots on goal but SCSU kept the ball out of the net. Merrimack finished the game doubling the Owls in shots, 15-7, but couldn’t find the back of the.
- Merrimack still sits in fourth place in the Northeast 10 Conference standings.
- Senior goalkeeper Tyler Packett is 3rd in the NE10 in goals-against average (0.93), and has allowed just 13 goals on the season; good for 5th best in the conference.
- Merrimack is tied for 4th in the NE10 with 23 goals scored and is second in conference with just 13 goals allowed on the season.
- Sophomore Filippo Begliardi Ghidini and freshman Tola Showunmi are tied for the team-lead in goals with five.
Inside the Series:
- Merrimack is 6-12-3 all-time against SNHU, dating back to 2001.
- The Warriors’ last victory against the Penmen came in 2015 on the road; at the time, Southern New Hampshire was #2 in the country.
- Last season, Merrimack tied SNHU 1-1 at Penmen Stadium.
Scouting the Penmen:
- SNHU ranks #18 in the nation according to the DII United Soccer Coaches’ Poll, and sits in third place in conference standings.
- Senior Alex Satrustegui leads the NE10 in goals (19) and total points (40), and ranks second in total shots (62); Satrustegui leads the nation in game winning goals (7), goals per game (1.58), points per game (3.33), and is tied for the nation lead with 19 goals on the season.
- Sophomore Tom Marriott ranks 5th in the NE10 in total points (21) and is 4th in shots (51)
Merrimack will have two days off before they host Assumption on homecoming weekend, Friday, October 26. The final home game of the season will also recognize the eight Warriors seniors, with game time set for 4 p.m.