Men's Soccer Battles to Scoreless Draw withFranklin Pierce on Senior Night; Secures #2 Seed
THE THREE-MEMBER SENIOR CLASS WAS HONORED BEFORE MERRIMACK'S SCORELESS DRAW WEDNESDAY NIGHT
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's soccer team closed out the 2013 regular season with a 0-0 draw at home against Northeast-10 foe Franklin Pierce Wednesday night. With the tie, Merrimack remains in second place in the Northeast-10 Conference standings.
Prior to the start of the match, the Merrimack men's soccer team recognized its three seniors for their hard work and dedication over the past four years. The class of 2014 has led the Warriors to 45 victories and four trips to the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs.
Score: Merrimack 0 | Franklin Pierce 0
Records: Merrimack (12-3-1, 10-2-1) | Franklin Pierce (8-6-1, 7-4-1)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Both teams had scoring chances but the dueling goalkeepers each came up with crucial saves to keep the match at a scoreless draw.
The Warriors held a slight 3-2 edge in shots through the first half. Franklin Pierce earned four corner kicks, while Merrimack earned one in the opening 45 minutes of action.
Franklin Pierce held a 9-4 led in shots in the second period. The Franklin Pierces' defense stymied the Warriors' offense to just four shots. At the conclusion of the 90 minutes of play, the two teams were level at 0-0 with the visitors enjoying an 11-7 advantage in shots.
In the first overtime session, the Ravens edged Merrimack 2-1 in shots. Franklin Pierce registered three shots, while the Warriors tallied one shot. Merrimack goalkeeper Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) recorded four huge saves in both overtime frames.
Junior Michael Rincon (Medford, Mass.), sophomore Ronald Ried (Schwendi, Germany), and junior Ryan Miller (Holden, Mass.) paced Merrimack with two shots on the night, while Ried tallied two on target.
Jose Silva finished the contest with nine saves in goal for the Warriors, while goalkeeper Sam Meza stopped four shots between the pipes for Franklin Pierce.
What They Said
"We played well today and had some good offensive pressure from the start," said head coach Tony Martone. "We did not finish the game well and we need to keep our focus especially with the NE-10 tournament next week."
A Closer Look
- Franklin Pierce finished with a 16-9 edge in shot attempts, including a 9-5 edge in corner kicks.
- Merrimack committed 26 fouls on the night, while Franklin Pierce posted 15 fouls.
- The Raven's tallied nine shots on goal and Merrimack had four shots on target.
- Sophomore Douglas Searl (Westford, Mass.), senior Francis Mulkern (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Alexander Alleyne (Swampscott, Mass.) contributed one shot attempt each.
Top-eight qualify for postseason
1. Southern N.H. (12-0)
2. Merrimack (10-2-1)
3. Adelphi (9-4)
4. Southern Connecticut (8-3-1)
5. Franklin Pierce (7-4-1)
T6. Le Moyne (7-5)
T6. Bentley (7-5)
T8. Saint Rose (5-7)
T8. Saint Michael's (5-7)
10. Stonehill (4-7-1)
11. American International (3-7-2)
12. Assumption (2-8-2)
T13. Saint Anselm (1-11)
T13. New Haven (1-11)
- Merrimack concludes the regular season at 12-2-1 overall and 10-2-1 in conference play and have secured the #2 in next week's NE-10 Championship
- The Navy and Gold will play host to the #7 seed next Tuesday (Nov. 5) in the NE-10 Quarterfinals, which will be either Bentley or Le Moyne
- Both Bentley and Le Moyne are tied for seventh with a 7-5 record, and each has one game remaining on their schedule
- With a win next Tuesday in the Quarterfinals, Merrimack will host an NE-10 Semifinal matchup next Friday (Nov. 8)
With the regular season concluded, the Warriors will play next Tuesday, Nov. 5, in an NE-10 Quarterfinal matchup at home. The time and opponent are still to be determined after this weekend.