NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- Junior Evan Burokas' (Auburn, Mass.) first half goal proved to be the difference as the Merrimack men's soccer team added another victory in the win column Saturday evening at Warrior Field. The Warriors defeated Dominican 1-0 to improve to 2-0-0 on the season. The Chargers suffered their first loss of the 2010 campaign, falling to 1-1-0.
Burokas tallied the Warriors' lone goal of the game just seven minutes in. The junior's corner kick deflected off of a defender and went into the net, giving the home team the early 1-0 lead. In the closing minutes of the first stanza, Matt McFadden (New Hampton, N.H.) nearly made it 2-0. McFadden acrobatically shot the ball from the top of the box and had it ring off the crossbar.
Merrimack owned the advantage on shots, firing four on frame to Dominican's one. The Chargers held the edge in corner kicks, 6-3, with all six being awarded in the second half.
Between the posts, senior goalkeeper Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) earned his second victory of the season, making one save in the winning effort. Brandon Heembrock turned aside three shots for the Chargers in the game.
Merrimack takes to the pitch Sept. 9, as the Warriors travel to take on Wilmington (Del.) in a non-conference matchup.