MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team battled the reigning Northeast-10 Conference champions, Merrimack College, to a scoreless first half on Tuesday afternoon before a late goal in the 79th minute gave the Warriors the 1-0 victory.
The Hawks' overall record stands at 0-9-1 (0-7-1 NE10) following the loss, while Merrimack improves to 9-2 (6-2 NE10).
Both teams had their chances in the first half, with Saint Anselm keeping the pressure on the visiting team. The Hawks had a great opportunity in the 21st minute on a redirection from beyond the 18-yard line by freshman Michael Budrewicz (Uccle, Belgium), nearly giving the home team the lead. The teams finished the half both with five shots on goal, while the Warriors had the overall edge by a margin of 9-8.
Merrimack responded in the second half with a 12-4 advantage on shots and scored the eventual game-winner in the 79th minute. Paul Magazzu ran down the right flank and was about three feet from the end line before sending a shot to the far upper corner to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Senior keeper Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) stopped eight of the nine shots he faced for Saint Anselm in the loss. His counterpart for the Warriors, Tyler Packett, had seven saves.
Saint Anselm welcomes Le Moyne College on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. The Hawks will be honoring their senior class as well.