Men's Soccer Finishes 2010 Unbeaten at Home; Draws with St. Michael’s 1-1

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack men's soccer team played St. Michael's to a 1-1 tie Wednesday evening at Warrior Field. The Warriors move to 9-4-1 on the year and 5-4-1 in the Northeast-10 with the draw. The Purple Knights pushed their record to 7-4-3 overall and 4-3-3 in the league.

Merrimack held a commanding 15-5 margin in shots in the first half but neither squad could notch a goal. 

In the 73rd minute of the match, Anthony Stanley latched onto a corner kick and sent a shot into the net to give St. Michael's a 1-0 margin. The visitors' lead was short-lived as the Warriors tallied an equalizer four minutes later. Olof Lindhe (Stockholm, Sweden) dribbled the ball across the top of the penalty box and slid a pass to Elvert Bodden (La Ceiba, Honduras), springing the junior in on goal with only the keeper to beat. Bodden sent a low hard shot past the rushing netminder and into the lower left corner to knot the score at 1-1.

The two teams remained tied when regulation time expired. In the extra frames, Merrimack outshot the Purple Knights 3-2.

In the second overtime period, a Purple Knight striker headed the ball over the Warriors' goalkeeper who came out to contest a free ball. The ball slowly bounced towards the open goal, allowing defender Nick Beal (Winterport, Maine) to catch up to the ball and clear it before it crossed the goal line.

With time winding down, a St. Michael's player sent an uncontested header towards the back post that seemed destined for the back of the net.  As the visitors began celebrating prematurely, freshman goalkeeper Mattias Drummond (Partille, Sweden) jumped and made an acrobatic save to push the ball just wide of the frame.

Making his first start of his young collegiate career, Drummond made three saves in the match for Merrimack. Logan Kingman turned aside 12 shots for St. Michael's.

The Warriors registered 26 shots in the game while the visitors fired 14. Merrimack held a 13-5 edge in shots on goal. The Purple Knights owned a narrow margin in corner kicks for the game, 4-3.

Before tonight's match with St. Michael's, Merrimack honored its three seniors: Ben Paradis (Tiverton, R.I.), Kevin Joyce (Mansfield, Mass.) and Adam Leone (East Northport, N.Y.).

Pictured from left to right: Head Coach Tony Martone, Senior Ben
Paradis, Senior Kevin Joyce, Senior Adam Leone, and Director of
Athletics Glenn Hofmann.

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