Paradis’ Late Goal Gives #10 Men’s Soccer 2-1 Win


WALTHAM, MA – Sophomore midfielder Ben Paradis (Tiverton, RI) scored in the 74th minute to give the 10th-ranked Merrimack men’s soccer team the 2-1 victory over rival Bentley College Wednesday afternoon.

The Warriors, ranked first in the east region, have won two straight and have rebounded nicely after a two-game winless streak.

With the score tied at one, Paradis fired a shot from 10 yards out on the left side that beat Falcon goalie Michael Nikiforov for his first of the season.

Bentley broke a scoreless tie at 18:31 as Josh Trubow picked up his first of the season by gathering in a loose ball off a corner kick and firing it past Rob Pedra (South Hamilton, MA).

The Warriors evened the score less than six minutes later as freshman Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, ON) continued his torrid start, taking a lob pass from Paradis and putting it home for his conference-leading sixth of the season. Sabadoz has goals in five of seven matches this season, and Merrimack is 5-0 when he scores.

Pedra stopped six shots in the win, as both teams fired 11 shots, led by three from Matt Sanderson (Saugus, MA).

Merrimack (5-1-1, 2-1 NE-10) hosts American International on Saturday (1 p.m.) at Warrior Field.