NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The No. 19 Merrimack men's soccer team opened up the Northeast-10 portion of the 2010 schedule with a 4-0 victory over Saint Rose. The Warriors extended their winning streak to five games as they improve to 5-0-0 on the year and 1-0-0 in the conference. The Golden Knights fall to 1-3-1 overall and 0-3-0 against Northeast-10 opponents.
Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ontario) paced Merrimack with four points on a goal and two assists.
Franklin Pena (Revere, Mass.) opened the scoring just minutes into the match with his team–leading fifth goal of the season. Pena picked up a loose ball in the box and blasted a shot over the Golden Knights' keeper and into the back of the net. Sabadoz picked up an assist on the goal.
Sabadoz once again set up a Merrimack score. Sabadoz sent a pass across the penalty area to Matt McFadden (New Hampton, N.H.) who was making a run to the front of the net unmarked. McFadden easily laid the ball into lower right corner of the net for the 2-0 lead in favor of the home side.
The Warriors nearly tallied a third goal in the first half. Evan Burokas (Auburn, Mass) ripped a shot from 18-yards out but Saint Rose netminder, Patrick Ohlsson, made the save but gave up a rebound. Nelson Santos Da Graca (Gothenburg, Sweden) was right there to take advantage of the open net and loose ball. Ohlsson held his ground and denied Da Graca point blank.
Merrimack netted the third goal with four minutes remaining in the opening period. Burokas sent a through-ball in behind the Golden Knights' defense for Sabadoz to run onto. Sabadoz outran a defender and tucked the ball into the goal to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead after the first 45 minutes of play.
Sophomore Olof Lindhe (Stockholm, Sweden) netted the only goal of the second stanza. Burokas served a ball into the box to Pena who headed the ball to Lindhe. Lindhe turned and fired a shot into the top of the net.
The Warriors held a 24-7 edge in shots, as well as an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) turned aside two shots in the contest to earn his fifth win of the season and second shutout. Freshman netminder Mattias Drummond (Partille, Sweden) made his first collegiate appearance for the Warriors, playing 19 minutes in a relief effort preserving the shutout. Ohlsson made eight saves in the game for Saint Rose.
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