WILMINGTON, Del.- The Merrimack men's soccer team rattled off its third-consecutive win to begin the 2010 season 3-0-0. The Warriors handed Wilmington a 5-3 loss, Wednesday afternoon. The Wildcats sank to 0-4-0 on the year.
Sophomore Olof Lindhe (Stockholm, Sweden) opened the scoring with his first goal of the season. Lindhe headed home a free kick from Evan Burokas (Auburn, Mass.). Burokas continued his giving ways, finding Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ontario) with a through ball behind the Wildcat defense a minute later. Sabadoz slotted the ball into the net to give Merrimack the 2-0 advantage.
Wilmington answered with a goal of its own, less than a minute after Sabadoz's tally. The Wildcats cut the lead to one as Nickalus McDonald notched an unassisted goal. McDonald struck again in the 21st minute, registering his second goal of the game to knot the score at 2-2.
In the 34th minute, Burokas buried a goal of his own to give the Warriors the lead heading into intermission. Burokas received the ball from Franklin Pena (Revere, Mass.) who flicked on a long throw-in. Burokas settled the ball and ripped a shot past the Wildcats goalkeeper.
Merrimack went up 4-2, ten minutes into the second half as Sabadoz scored his second goal of the game. Sabadoz's shot took a slight deflection off of a defender on its way to the goal but still managed to find the back of the net.
The Wildcats attempted to claw their way back into the game with Manny Payton netting a goal at the 61st minute mark.
The Warriors shut the door and took back the momentum heading into the final half hour of the game. Sabadoz carried the ball down the left flank, turned a defender around, then crossed the ball into the middle, finding Pena. Pena beat a defender on the dribble, then went by the goalkeeper before placing the ball in the back of the net for the fifth Merrimack goal of the game.
Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) recorded his third win of the season, playing the full 90 minutes between the posts. Joyce made one save on the day.
Wilmington outshot the Warriors 16-8 in the game and held the edge in corner kicks, 8-2.
"Today's win was a huge victory for the team," said head coach Tony Martone. "Wilmington was a talented team. They attacked with a lot of guys which made them susceptible to the counterattack. Our guys really went out and executed"
Merrimack returns to action, September 12, as it returns to Warrior Field to take on C.W. Post in the final non-conference game of the season. The Warriors open the Northeast-10 slate September 18 when they host St. Rose.