NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Despite being outshot by a 14-0 margin heading into the final 10 minutes of play, Merrimack beat Franklin Pierce 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Senior Alejandro Fuchs headed home the game’s only goal on a corner kick in the 85th minute to keep the Warriors’ season alive.
Merrimack will now face off against Southern New Hampshire, the host and second seed in the East Super Region on Sunday. The Penmen have already claimed the previous two meetings this fall, with the most recent defeat coming in the Northeast-10 Championship finals.
After being outshot by a 10-0 margin in the first half, the Warrior defense continued to stymie the Ravens as sophomore goalkeeper Jose Silva finished with seven stops for Merrimack.
In the 85th minute, Merrimack drew a corner kick opportunity with five minutes to play. Freshman midfielder Augusto Silva’s ball was kicked into the far side of the penalty box. Waiting for it was Fuchs, who timed his leap and redirected the ball into the right side of the net and past Franklin Pierce keeper Jake Wright to put the Warriors on the board.
The Warrior defense clamped down in the remaining minutes to wrap up the 1-0 victory.
The Ravens finished with a 14-1 lead in shot attempts and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.