Fuchs Lifts Warriors to 1-0 Double-Overtime Win at AIC
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior captain Alejandro Fuchs (Caracas, Venezuela) booted the game-winning goal by means of a penalty kick, and the Merrimack men's soccer team edged AIC, 1-0, to pick up a double-overtime victory on Sunday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Springfield, Mass.
After going over 100 minutes without either side finding the back of the net, the Warriors (4-2-1, 2-2 NE-10) drew a foul inside the penalty box with just over five minutes to go in the second overtime period. That set up Fuchs for the late dramatics, and the senior back promptly delivered with his second marker of the season to clinch the sudden-death victory.
Winners of two straight contests, Merrimack provided plenty of pressure throughout the duration of the match, holding a 24-9 advantage over the Yellow Jackets (2-6, 2-2 NE-10) in shot attempts while putting nine shots on net.
But both goalkeepers were up to the task, as AIC keeper Jason Ryan recorded eight stops while Merrimack netminder Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) totaled two saves.
The Warrior defense, along with Silva, recorded its fourth shutout of the season, while Silva lowered his season goals against average to a miniscule 0.66 in the process while raising his save percentage to .853.
"That was a big win for us to get, coming off last Saturday's victory and then going a week without playing," head coach Tony Martone afterward. "We've still got plenty to work on, and I certainly would like to see some more consistency on offense, but we'll take the 'W' for sure."
Merrimack held an 11-4 advantage in shots in the first half before limiting the Yellow Jackets to just two shot attempts in the second half.
Overtime was more interesting, as the Yellow Jackets fired three shots – including one on net – but both keepers recorded a save apiece in the first overtime.
Heading into the second 10-minute, sudden-death frame, the Warriors mustered the only shot attempt through the opening five minutes before the infraction set up Fuchs' penalty kick.
Next, the Warriors travel to conference foe Saint Anselm on Wednesday, Sept. 26, for a 4 p.m. showdown.