The Merrimack College men’s soccer team beat LIU Post 3-2 in double overtime at the University of Bridgeport Men’s Soccer Classic. Senior Ignacio Farias (West Roxbury, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal, which also happened to be his first-career tally.
Score: Merrimack 3 | LIU Post 2
Records: Merrimack (3-0) | LIU Post (1-2)
Location: Knights Field | Bridgeport, Conn.
What They Said
Head coach Tony Martone: “I’m really happy that we came back after we were down twice and fought back to win. We worked hard, stayed within the game and found a way to beat one of the best teams in the country. It was a tremendous boost for the boys.”
How It Happened
The Warriors hit the road to participate in the tournament hosted by the Purple Knights. For the first time this season, Merrimack conceded the first goal as Eivind Austboe netted his fifth goal of the season for the Pioneers in the 44th minute.
Merrimack would enter halftime down 1-0, but senior Michael Rincon (Medford, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the 62nd minute. Rincon took advantage of a turnover by Pioneers goalie Jesper Malmstrom to put the ball into the back of the net.
The lead would be short-lived. Less than three minutes later the Pioneers capitalized on some smooth attacking play. Jason Lampkin connected with Per Forgaard, who scored the goal for LIU.
With less than twenty minutes remaining the Warriors caught a break. Pioneer Seb Baxter received his second yellow card, resulting in a red card and his ejection from the game. On the ensuing free kick Julio Leon Garcia (Caracas, Venezuela) lined a shot into the bottom left corner of the net to tie the game 2-2.
The first overtime passed with neither team scoring. Then in the second overtime Rincon was able to send a cross right-to-left through the six-yard box where Farias was waiting to pocket the goal and send the Warriors home victorious.
Inside The Numbers
The best things come to those who wait: Farias laced it up 43 times in his career prior to tonight, before scoring his first-career goal.
Rincon sent one into the back of the net for the first time since 2012, snapping a 36-game goalless drought.
For both Leon Garcia and Rincon, they tallied their fourth career goals.
The matchup was certainly physical as nine cards were handed out, including two red cards on the side of the Pioneers.
Merrimack goalkeeper Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) notched three saves to improve to 3-0 on the season, and picked up his 30th career victory
The Navy and Gold conclude play in the Men’s Soccer Classic Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Bridgeport.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN. You can also follow the site @TheMackReports