Warriors shutout BU to remain unbeaten

Photo: Jim Pierce/Merrimack Athletics

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Stefano Pesenti totaled three points, the tandem of senior Mirko Nufi and junior Filippo Begliardi Ghidini netted one goal each and the Merrimack College men’s soccer team downed Boston University, 3-0, on the road Tuesday evening at Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass.

Pesenti scored in the first half, and then delivered the corner kick that led to Begliardi Ghidini’s goal that gave the visitors a 2-0 halftime lead. Nufi’s second-half goal came at the penalty dot, providing the Warriors an insurance marker. Merrimack improved to 2-0 as a Division I institution while Boston University fell to 0-4 on the year

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3, Boston University 0
Records: Merrimack (2-0) | Boston University (0-4)
Location: Nickerson Field | Boston, Mass.

How it Happened:

  • After a fifth-minute shot by sophomore Tola Showunmi, Merrimack was forced to absorb an early Boston University surge. The Terriers attempted seven shots through the night’s first 15 minutes; five were blocked by the Warriors while graduate student Lucas Rezende made one save
  • In the 21st minute, Merrimack scored its first. Senior Sebastian Toro found Pesenti right in the center of the box, who scored into the upper left corner for the first goal of his colleigate career
  • Pesenti was also involved in the Warriors’ next goal. The first-year Italian delivered a corner kick to the back post in the 34th minute, where countryman Begliardi Ghidini one-timed a shot home to double the visitors’ advantage
  • Rezende made two saves in the 62nd and 64th minutes to prevent Boston U. from trimming into the lead. Four minutes after the second save, Merrimack was fouled in the box that awarded the Warriors a penalty kick. Nufi stepped up and struck an attempt into the upper right corner, marking the team’s third goal
  • Rezende made two more saves to preserve the shutout, finishing the night with five saves

Notes and Numbers

  • Merrimack beat Boston University in the programs’ fist-ever game against each other. The Warriors topped Northeastern, 2-1, in their season opener last Monday
  • Rezene notched his first shutout since 2017, a season that saw him post 11 clean sheets during an All-American campaign
  • Pesenti recorded his first career goal and assist in the same game, posting the first multi-point contest of the year for the Warriors
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 12 (6) // BOSTONU – 22 (5)
  • Corners: MER – 5 // BOSTONU – 6

Up Next:
Merrimack will look to make it three straight non-conference wins against New England opponents when the Warriors travel to the University of Rhode Island. Kickoff from Kingston is set for 7 p.m.

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