Gomes, Pedra Lead #13 Merrimack to 1-0 Win


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Eric Gomes’ (Stoughton, MA) second-half header gave Merrimack, ranked 13th in the nation and second in the east region, the 1-0 victory over Saint Michael’s College Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Field.

The Warriors broke through in the 60th minute as Gomes headed in a Wayne Sygrove (Yorkshire, England) corner for his second of the season.

Saint Michael’s had a chance to tie in the 87th minute as they were awarded a penalty kick after a forward was fouled in the box, but Rob Pedra (South Hamilton, MA) stopped Jared Berry, sprawling to his left for the diving stop.

Pedra stopped four shots in net for his fourth straight clean sheet. The senior has not allowed a goal in his last 424 minutes in goal.

The teams played to a scoreless first half, highlighted by a cross bar off the foot of Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, ON). Merrimack outshot the Purple Knights 7-1 in the first 45 minutes.

Merrimack (7-1-2, 4-1-1 NE-10) visits Le Moyne College on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a big conference matchup. The Warriors eliminated the Dolphins in the Northeast-10 Tournament last season in overtime. Merrimack has just two regular season home matches remaining.