#17 Men’s Soccer Edged by #5 Southern NH 2-1


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Southern New Hampshire Penmen, ranked fifth nationally and first in the east region, edged the Merrimack men’s soccer team, ranked 17th in the nation and second in the region, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.

Trailing 2-0 in the second half, the Warriors rallied late as Tiago Dalboni (Medford, MA) found a ball in the middle of a huge scrum in the box and knocked it into the net in the 77th minute. It was Dalboni’s fifth of the year.

Merrimack continued to ramp up the pressure, outshooting the Penmen 10-2 in the second half. Their best chance at tying the score came just minutes after Dalboni’s goal, but a shot off the foot of Maxime Obongono (Stoneham, MA) glanced off the near post. The Warriors had three corner kicks late but could not get one past the tenacious Penmen defense, who entered today’s game allowing just four goals all season and no more than one in any single game.

Paulson Edum scored twice in 12 minutes early in the first half giving the Penmen all the offense they would need. On Edum’s first goal, he headed in a pretty cross from Ransford Shand in the 12th minute. In the 24th minute, he took a pass from Kevin Woods, beat a Warrior defender, and fired a shot past a diving Rob Pedra (South Hamilton, MA) for his seventh of the season.

The Warriors (9-3-2, 6-3-1 NE-10) are at Assumption College Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. before hosting their Senior Day against the 2008 National Champion Franklin Pierce next Saturday at 3 p.m.