ALBANY, N.Y. – Battling a heavy downpour over the final 65 minutes of action, the 11th-ranked Merrimack College men’s soccer team and the College of Saint Rose played to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night from Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex.
Links: Box Score
Score: #11 Merrimack 0 | Saint Rose 0
Records: #11 Merrimack (7-1-1, 3-1-1 NE-10) | Saint Rose (4-2-1, 3-1-1 NE-10)
Location: Sullivan Field | Albany, N.Y.
How It Happened
The opening half began with Merrimack recording two shots on goal within the first ten minutes. Sophomore Juan Meza (Cali, Colombia) took an attempt from outside the box that was nabbed easily by Saint Rose goalkeeper Colan Balkwell.
In the ninth minute, junior Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain), who made his first start of the season, took a more dangerous shot. Cortes Torres pushed the ball right on the counterattack an struck with his right foot towards the bottom-left netting, but Balkwell made a diving stop. Cortes Torres put a header on net in the 19th minute, but Balkwell stopped him for a second time.
The action stalled over the middle of the opening frame, but with less than five minutes left in the half the Golden Knights’ leading scorer Romaine Williamson nearly scored. Williamson forced Rezende to come off his line, avoiding the Merrimack keeper by playing the ball wide. The striker corralled the ball and shot it towards the goal, but senior captain Douglas Searl (Westford, Mass.) tracked back to clear it off the line.
Five of Merrimack’s six shots were on goal, but Balkwell came up with five saves to keep the contest scoreless at halftime. For the first time in 2015, the Warriors entered the intermission with neither team scoring a goal.
The rain started to come down heavily at the beginning of the second half. Over the first twenty minutes of the second half, each of the squads exchanged four shots apiece. In fact, the Warriors took the final six shots of the final 45 minutes, but the visitors could not hit the net. At the end of regulation neither team had scored sending the contest to overtime.
The first overtime arrived and neither team managed a shot until the 99th minute, but it was Merrimack’s best chance of overtime. Junior midfielder Oscar Zepeda Cagide(Jalisco, Mexico) sent a corner kick to the far post that found Searl unmarked. The Warriors’ right back one-timed a shot that went wide of the Golden Knight’s net.
The final ten minutes went by without any dangerous chances, as the lone shot by Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.) was blocked by Saint Rose. The final whistle marked Merrimack’s first draw of the season, as Saint Rose also picked up its first time of 2015.
Inside The Numbers
- The final shot totals favored the Warirors, 15-10. Cortes Torres led the team with five shots and three on goal in making his first start of 2015. The transfer made one start in his first year with Merrimack last season
- Junior Ryan Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) made his return to the lineup and took the field for the third time this season. Wine played in 18 games last year as a defensive midfielder
- Freshman Todd Righini (Salem, N.H.) played the most minutes of his young career. Classmate Sergio Martinez (Tampico, Mexico) also saw extended time in the second overtime for the Warriors
- Rezende finished the night with two saves, while the Navy and Gold picked up a team save for the second time this year. The second-year keeper did not allow a goal for the second time in his last three games
- At 7-1-1, Merrimack’s record sits identical to what it was through nine games in 2014. The scoreless draw marked the program’s first since October of 2013
The Navy and Gold return home for a couple days before heading back to the state of New York, this time to Long Island, as Merrimack will face Adelphi on Saturday night at 6 p.m.