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November 12. 2012 10:25PM

SNHU Penmen to host more NCAA soccer


Southern New Hampshire University's Andres Torres, left, and Merrimack College's Franklin Lemus Pena go up for the ball during the first half of their game in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship East Regional hosted at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester Sunday afternoon. SNHU won 1-0. (MARK BOLTON/UNION LEADER)

The Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team took care of business on its home turf Sunday, defeating Merrimack, 1-0, in the NCAA Division II soccer tournament, and now the Penmen can enjoy more home cooking for the regional playoffs.

Third-round action begins Friday at SNHU as third-seeded Mercyhurst University (15-5-1) plays top-seeded Gannon University (13-5) at 2:30 p.m. at Larkin Field. Both schools are located in Erie, Pa.

The second-seeded Penmen (18-3) host fourth-seeded UMass Lowell (14-6-1) at 6 p.m. in the East Regionals. Friday's winners meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. The regional champ advances to the national semifinals in Evans, Ga., on Nov. 29.

Ticket prices at SNHU are $6 for adults, $2 for students with ID and seniors and $2.00 for children 12 and under. SNHU students will be admitted free each day the Penmen are participating, courtesy of the SNHU Student Government Association.

A successful penalty kick by SNHU's Chris Tsonis lifted the Penmen past Merrimack in Sunday's playoff action.

The Penmen were awarded a penalty kick when Tsonis was hauled down in the penalty area by a Warrior defender with 13:42 remaining in regulation. Tsonis buried the kick into the lower left corner of the net for his team-high 15th goal of the season.

SNHU has twice beaten UMass Lowell this season, including a 2-0 victory in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals on Nov. 2.


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