Rams Knock Off Merrimack in 2OT for Second Straight Win

Rams Knock Off Merrimack in 2OT for Second Straight Win

RHODE ISLAND (2-2-1)
Starters:
Schmidt (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Trcka, Benco, Zarokostas, Tamburini, Booth, Maddox, Akselsen
Substitutes: Kolakofsky, Kawale, Drayer, Gesmundo

MERRIMACK (2-1-0)
Starters:
Rezende (GK), Arlotti, Nufi, Negri, Showunmi, Toro, Torrellas, Mullins, Lovely, Pesenti, Begliardi
Substitutes: Osei, Joedahl, Bernardi

Scoring Summary
06:22 - MER - Torrellas
74:01 - URI - Middrup (Booth)
103:48 - URI - Tamburini (Akselsen)

How It Happened

Rhode Island won its second straight contest, beating Merrimack in the second overtime when Filippo Tamburini tipped a pass from Edvin Akselsen in the 104th minute to give the Rams a 2-1 victory Friday.

Taking the ball down the right sideline, Akselsen sent a long crossing pass into the box. Tamburini ran through the box and one-timed the pass with the bottom of his foot, slipping the ball into the net for the win.
 
Merrimack struck first when Marc Torrellas drilled a free kick from 20 yards out. After a handball called on Rhode Island in the seventh minute, Torrellas sent a shot just under the crossbar for his second goal of the season.

Despite outshooting Merrimack 8-4 in the first half, Rhode Island could not even the score. The Rams nearly got on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute when Stavros Zarokostas drilled a free kick off the crossbar.

The Rams finally broke through in the 75th minute. Charlie Booth chipped a pass from the right side of the box over keeper Lucas Rezende, and Niklas Middrup headed the pass into the net, knotting the score. The Rams continued to apply pressure until Tamburini ended the game in the second overtime.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt sophomore Edvin Akselsen recorded his team-leading third assist of the season.
  • Junior Filippo Tamburini's goal was his first as a Ram.
  • This was the second overtime game of the year for Rhode Island. The Rams and Fairfield played to a 1-1 tie in the season opener.
  • When senior Niklas Middrup and grad student Charlie Booth combined for the first Rhody goal, it was the first points of the season for both defenders.
  • The goal by Middrup was just the second allowed by Merrimack this season. In their first season of Division I play, the Warriors had beaten Northeastern, 2-1, and Boston University, 3-0, in their first two games.
  • Rhode Island had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks in the first half, but only had a 2-1 edge in shots on goal.
  • The Rams pressured the net more often in the second half. Rhody had six shots on goal after halftime.
  • Merrimack was whistled for 18 fouls, compared to seven for the Rams.

Up Next
The Rams begin a stretch of four straight road matches when they travel to Central Connecticut on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Game time is set for 7 p.m.