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Merrimack Athletics | October 15, 2017

No. 14 Merrimack upsets undefeated No. 2 Adelphi in DII soccer

  Michael Dushman scored the winner early in the second half for Merrimack.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The No. 14 Merrimack College men's soccer team upset No. 2 Adelphi on Saturday afternoon from Motamed Field in a NE10 clash between the two top teams in the conference. It was the first loss for the Panthers all season.

The Basics
Score: No. 14 Merrimack 2, No. 2 Adelphi 1

RELTAED: United Soccer Coaches poll

Records: Merrimack (11-1-1, 8-0-1 NE10) | Adelphi (9-1-1, 7-1 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.

How It Happened

The Warriors just managed four shots on net in the opening half, and it was Adelphi that struck first in the 16th minute. Joseph Sanchez gave the home team a 1-0 lead on a free kick that went to empty space by the right post.

Senior Josue Ruiz Maya scored the equalizer in the 29th minute. He controlled a loose ball and fired from 10 yards away to make it 1-1.

It didn't take long for Merrimack to score the eventual game-winner. A free kick by junior Lars Sund found the foot of senior Michael Dushman 1:14 into the second half.

The Panthers had a pair of headers go over the net and senior keeper Lucas Rezende made a pair of shots in the final 19 minutes of the game to keep it scoreless.

WATCH: Bentley's stunning bicycle kick winner

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors have a 10 game unbeaten streak, just two shy of a record of 13 games back in the 2012 season.
  • During that streak, Merrimack has outscored its opponents 24-5
  • The Warriors sit in first place in the NE10.
  • Keeper records: Lucas Rezende (W, 11-1-1,) // Raymond Leto (L,4-1-2)
  • Shots (SOG): MER - 7 (3) // AU – 17 (5)
  • Corners: MER – 6 // AU - 1

Up Next

Merrimack wraps up its home regular season schedule with a pair of games. The first is against Franklin Pierce on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. from Martone-Mejail Field.

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