September 13, 2008

#8 Men's Soccer Ties Post, 1-1

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - The Merrimack College men's soccer team, ranked eighth nationally, played to a 1-1 draw with Post University on Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field in the Merrimack Invitational Tournament.

Senior Tiago Dalboni (Medford, MA) opened the scoring for Merrimack 6:05 into the first half, dribbling past senior goaltender Michael Aeschliman for a wide open shot, earning his second goal of the year. Francis Eno evened the score 6:19 later, finding an open net with 32:36 remaining in the opening frame.

Making his first collegiate start, Doug Carvalho (New Bedford, MA) finished the day with four saves in the Warrior goal, while Aeschliman stopped four shots for the Eagles as well.

Eno had had the best scoring opportunity to earn the win with 7:40 remaining in the second overtime, finding a clear path to the goal, but Pedra made the save to preserve the tie. Just over a minute later, freshman Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, ON) almost managed a breakaway, but Aeschliman was effectively able to cut off his route before he was able to take the shot.

In the earlier game, Dominican College defeated Saint Anselm College, 2-1, thanks to goals by Dan Kelly and Joe Wright.

Merrimack will play again on Sunday at 2 p.m. when the team will take on Dominican, while Post and Saint Anselm will meet in the early game, scheduled for noon.