EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 11, 2012

Merrimack men's soccer loses in D2 tournament


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — No. 16 seed Merrimack men’s soccer battled despite playing shorthanded for about a half hour but lost on a penalty kick goal.

Tenth-ranked Southern New Hampshire won 1-0 over the Warriors (15-4-2) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday.

Warriors sophomore keeper Jose Silva made seven saves.

With just under 30 minutes left, Merrimack was forced to play shorthanded after a red card was dealt to senior forward Franklin Lemus Pena. The infraction occurred in the 63rd minute, leaving Merrimack with just nine field players for the remainder of the match.

Merrimack made history this season, establishing new program records in goals allowed in a season (12), goals-against average for a season (0.54) and longest unbeaten streak (13 games). It also earned its first-ever NCAA tourney berth.