Men's Soccer Pulls Off Dramatic Come-From-Behind Victory over New Haven
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack men's soccer team snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 overtime win over New Haven Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field. With the win, the Warriors improved to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the Northeast-10. The Chargers sink to 4-7-1 on the year and 3-7 against conference opponents.
New Haven owned a 1-0 lead at halftime on a goal by Matt Sarrazin with 12.9 seconds remaining in the period. Sarrazin scored from just outside the box into the left side of the cage.
Merrimack held the advantage in first half shots 11-2 including an 8-1 edge in shots on frame.
The Warriors netted an equalizer with 7:13 showing on the clock. Nicholas Lo Coco (Gloucester, Mass.) flicked the ball to Olof Lindhe (Stockholm, Sweden) inside the 6-yard box. Lindhe turned and fired the ball into the goal for his fourth tally of the season.
At the end of regulation, Merrimack and New Haven were even at a goal each.
Just six minutes into bonus soccer, Evan Burokas (Auburn, Mass.) fed a through-ball to Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ont.) down the left side. Sabadoz sent a low pass across the face of the goal past the Chargers' goalkeeper. Franklin Pena (Revere, Mass.) slid to knock the ball into the back of the net to complete the comeback.
Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) picked up his seventh win of the 2010 campaign after 96 minutes of work between the pipes for the Warriors. His counterpart, J.J. Comeau made 10 saves for New Haven.
Merrimack dominated in the shots department, recording 23 shots in the match while stifling the Chargers to just four. The Warriors put 12 shots on frame while New Haven managed just one. The home side earned all five of the game's corner kicks.