NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team controlled play from start to finsish against the University of Bridgeport, defeating the Purple Knights 2-0.
Score: Merrimack 2 | Bridgeport 1
Records: Merrimack (4-0) | Bridgeport (1-2)
Location: Knights Field | Bridgeport, Conn.
What They Said
Head Coach Tony Martone: “Another good win. We struggled at the end, but all-in-all the boys played well. We didn’t do as well in the finishing department and could’ve ended it a little bit sooner. In the end though we got the two results we wanted.”
How It Happened
The Warriors maintained the majority of the possession and were able to notch two goals to beat the Purple Knights. Merrimack improves to 4-0 for the first time since 2010.
The Navy and Gold cashed in early, something they were unable to do in their first game of the Bridgeport Men’s Soccer Classic against LIU Post on Thursday.
In the ninth minute, junior Julio Leon Garcia (Caracas, Venezuela) slide a pass to Augusto Silva(Hudson, Mass.) just outside the box and Silva scored a long-distance shot to make the game 1-0. It was Silva’s second goal of the season and Leon Garcia’s first assist.
In the 27th minute Silva nearly capitalized on a scoring chance inside the six-yard box, but Purple Knights goalkeeper Agustin Prados made an incredible, diving leg save.
After Prados kept the Purple Knights within one goal, the Warriors offense broke through again. In the 73rd minute two substitutes connected on a goal as Rui Cardoso (Bristol, Conn.) crossed a ball into the box where Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.) flicked it into the back of the net.
The Purple Knights did make it a 2-1 game on a goal from Najja Forbes and senior goalkeeperJose Silva (Northborouh, Mass.) had to corral an 87th minute save, but the Warriors held on for the win.
Merrimack dominated in most facets of the game. The Warriors outshot the Purple Knights 21-5 and attempted 12 corners compared to Bridgeport’s two.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack also enters Northeast-10 play undefeated for the first time since 2010. That season the Warriors started the year 6-0.
- Cardoso notched his first career assist and now has three points on the season
- With tallies from Silva and Alleyne, the Warriors now have a three-way tie for the team lead in goals. Sophomore Joseph Briers (Lincolnshire, England) also has two goals.
- Even though Bridgeport lost, you can argue that Prados was the man of the match. The Purple Knights keeper finished the night with nine saves.
The Navy and Gold begin their NE-10 slate on Tuesday afternoon against Bentley at 3:30 p.m.