NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack men's soccer team earned a 4-1 win over Assumption Tuesday night. The Warriors run their record up to 9-3-0 on the year and 5-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Greyhounds sink to 5-5-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the conference with the loss.
On a cold night at Warrior Field, Evan Burokas (Auburn, Mass.) caught fire with a two-goal performance for Merrimack. After some miscommunication amongst the Warrior defense led to an own goal, Burokas tallied the equalizer 12 minutes into the contest. Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ontario) dribbled past a defender on the endline and played the ball back to Burokas in the middle of the box. The junior midfielder one-timed the ball into the back of the net to make the score even at 1-1.
In the waning minutes of the first half, Nicholas LoCoco (Gloucester, Mass.) buried his first goal of the season. Adam Leone (East Northport, N.Y) heaved a throw-in into the penalty area to Lo Coco. The junior defender headed the ball towards the cage. Lo Coco's shot took a deflection and snuck inside the near post to give the home side a 2-1 advantage heading into halftime.
In the final 10 minutes of the match, the Warriors scored two insurance goals to propel them to the 4-1 victory.
The Assumption goalkeeper came out of his box to clear a ball played down the left flank. The goalkeeper cleared the ball to Burokas in the middle of the park with no one around him. Burokas settled the ball and rifled a shot from 35 yards out into the open net.
Five minutes later at the 85th minute mark, Elvert Bodden (La Ceiba, Honduras) got his head onto a corner kick from Rafael Cabral (Woburn, Mass.). Bodden sent the ball into the far post with a glancing header to cap off the scoring.
In the final seconds of play, two freshmen nearly combined for the fifth Merrimack goal of the night. Francis Mulkern (Scituate, Mass.) tracked down a ball on the left sideline and crossed the ball to Daniel Holland (Dryden, N.Y.) making a run to the back post. Holland's sliding volley soared just wide of the frame.
Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) made two saves between the sticks for the Warriors en route to his ninth win of the year. Brandan Sullivan turned aside seven shots for Assumption in the contest.
Merrimack held a commanding 20-8 edge in shots on the night while the two teams split the 10 corner kicks awarded.