This is the third in a series of Merrimack team schedule releases. Check back regularly at www.merrimackathletics.com to view upcoming team previews and schedule releases.
August 3: Cross Country
August 4: Women’s Soccer
August 5: Men’s Soccer
August 6: Volleyball
August 9: Tennis
August 10: Field Hockey
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Aiming for its seventh-straight winning season, the Merrimack men’s soccer team opens its season with three straight home matches, beginning September 2 at 7 p.m. against Post University.
Entering his 29th season as head coach, Tony Martone’s squad will begin the 2010 campaign with five of its first six matches at home and six home September games.
After opening the season against Post and Dominican (September 4) in the Merrimack Invitational, the Warriors will host C.W. Post on September 12 before opening conference play at home against Saint Rose on September 18 at 1 p.m.
In 2009, Martone’s squad recorded an 11-7-1 (9-4-0 NE-10) mark, finishing fifth overall in the Northeast-10 Conference. Led by the 2009 Northeast-10 Player of the Year Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, ON), expectations will be greater for the 2010 squad.
“As always, our goal is to win the conference and make it to the NCAA Tournament,” said Martone, who enters 2010 with 273 career victories, 11th all-time in NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer history.
Sabadoz, who tied the school record with 19 goals in his sophomore season, will serve as a captain this season, along with Nick LoCoco (Gloucester, MA).
“Sabadoz, along with Jimmy Goncalves (Marlborough, MA) and newcomer Franklin Pena (Revere, MA) will lead the attack, while the goalkeeper position is up for grabs with returners Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, MA) and Evan Berube (Uxbridge, MA) and newcomer Mattias Drummond.”
Merrimack concludes September with two matches against two perennial national powers, at Franklin Pierce on September 26 and against the 2009 NE-10 Champion Southern New Hampshire on September 29 at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field.
The final month of the regular season will prove challenging as Merrimack concludes the schedule with six of nine matches away from North Andover, including the final three of the season, at Bentley, Lowell and Southern Connecticut.
But despite the challenging schedule, Martone has high expectations for 2010 for his veterans.
“We return a solid core of players. Combined with the newcomers, I expect competition for playing time to be very fierce. LoCoco will anchor a re-managed defense, which should include Nelson Santos (Gothenburg, Sweden), Adam Leone (East Northport, NY), and Derek Simpson (Ludlow, MA). There are many midfield options, including Victor Plaza (Jundiai, Brazil) and Evan Burokas (Auburn, MA), who will provide leadership along with Olof Lindhe (Stockholm, Sweden) and Ben Paradis (Tiverton, RI).”