Merrimack boys soccer falls to Alvirne in prelims

Senior forward Matt Lubinski recorded three assists and scored a goal for the Alvirne High School boys soccer team in a 6-1 victory over visiting Merrimack in the first round of the Division 1 tournament.

“It’s a good victory, we came together as a team here,” Lubinski said. “It’s good to put up a good number on the scoreboard there. It’s good we got a few early goals, (which) helped a lot.”

The No. 2 seeded Broncos went on the scoreboard when senior midfielder Raul Stedile scored with 27:52 remaining in the first half, assisted by Lubinski.

Stedile found the back of the net again with 11:49 remaining in the half off a corner kick from Lubinski which put the Broncos up 2-0.

Senior forward Brett Richardson recorded his first of two goals when he found the back of the net with 8:36 left in the half off a feed from Lubinski.

“We had a nice solid game,” Broncos coach Jeff Blackwell said. “We started off that first 10 minutes a little (nervously), playoff nerves I think kicked in a little bit there but once we settled in after that first 8 to 10 minutes, I thought we established control of the game.

“We did really everything we needed to tonight; we were solid from top to back.”

The No. 15 seeded Tomahawks went on the scoreboard with 2:58 left in the opening half when senior Paul Davidson found the back of the net.

“(I am) very happy with my team, after the first few goals they were still pushing up, they still had the fight in them,” said Merrimack head coach Ryan Farnsworth. “I love to see that as a coach especially going down to the last few minutes when they were still battling, that’s what you always want to see and hopefully my seniors carry that hard work and that work ethic (into) future endeavors.”

Richardson would score on a penalty kick towards the end of the first half to send the Broncos into halftime with a 4-1 advantage.

The Broncos would score twice in the second half with the first one coming from Lubinski assisted by Richardson. The final goal came from junior forward Ryan Gursky assisted by sophomore midfielder Jack Regan.

Blackwell said this about Lubinski, Stedile and Richardson, “They’ve been solid all through the season. It’s a nice group to watch, you add Nate Gosselin in there and a couple of the others and the skill level is a treat to watch sometimes. They followed what we were looking to do tonight, they played hard and they were able to finish tonight. They’ve been improving as we go, game by game now and it’s starting to pay dividends.”