NORTH ANDOVER, MA- The Merrimack men's soccer team drew with Bentley 0-0 at Martone-Mejail Field Saturday afternoon as part of Homecoming weekend. The Warriors reach 8-5-3 overall and 6-4-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Falcons move to 9-4-2 on the year and 7-3-1 in the league.
With the tie, Merrimack remains in fifth place in the conference standings. The Warriors are just three points behind fourth-place Bentley.
Prior to the start of the match, the Merrimack men's soccer team recognized its 10 seniors for their hard work and dedication over the past four years. The class of 2012 has led the Warriors to 38 victories and three trips to the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs.
Both teams had scoring chances but the dueling goalkeepers each came up with crucial saves to keep the match at a scoreless draw.
The Falcons held a slight 5-4 edge in shots through the first half. Each side earned three corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes of action.
Merrimack held a 7-3 lead in shots in the second period. The Warriors' defense stymied the visitors' offense to just one bid on frame. Merrimack fired three chances on goal in the half.
At the conclusion of 90 minutes of play, the two teams were level at 0-0 with the hosts enjoying an 11-8 advantage in shots.
In the first overtime session, the Falcons edged Merrimack 3-2 in shots. The Warriors registered the only shot on goal in the extra period. Both sides recorded one shot in the second overtime frame.
In the waning moments, Nick Beal (Winterport, ME) collected the ball just inside the Falcons' half. Beal launched a shot that appeared to have gone into the net over the visiting goalkeeper. The tally did not stand as time had expired just before the ball crossed the line.
Evan Burokas (Auburn, MA) paced Merrimack with five shots on the day and three on target.
Mattias Drummond (Partille, Sweden) finished the contest with three saves in goal for the Warriors. Matt Reynolds stopped seven shots between the pipes for Bentley.
"We played well today and we had some good offensive pressure from the start," said head coach Tony Martone. "This senior class has definitely done well and has been a key part in the continued success of the program."
Merrimack will wrap up the 2011 regular season on the road with matches at Stonehill October 25 and at Saint Michael's October 28.