By Michael Otero
The eighth-ranked men’s soccer team, backed by three goals, topped the Knights from Bridgeport on Saturday, Sept. 24, to remain perfect on the season. The team (8-0) also improved its conference record to 2-0.
On the field, the Pioneers set the tone early and were rewarded with a strike in the 11th minute. On a corner kick, junior midfielder Harry Pearse sent the ball to the box where sophomore forward Charlie Ledula took care of the rest, putting the Pioneers on the board with a header. Pearse and Ledula weren’t done just yet.
In the second half, Ledula added to his fantastic day with another goal, widening the Pioneer advantage to two goals. Ten minutes after Ledula’s second goal, Pearse thought he’d have the same. After getting a pinpoint pass from senior forward Sean Collins, Pearse maneuvered his way forward and sent his shot to the back of the net.
The energy the Pioneers set early stayed the entirety of the match and the Pioneers owned significant advantages because of it. They outshot the Knights 36-6 and owned a 14-2 edge in corner kicks. The Pioneers’
victory is their eighth in a row and they have yet to allow more than one goal in any game this year. They have also shutout the opposition five times, including four of the last five games.
The Pioneers, led by Head Coach Andreas Lindberg, now start a five-game road trip that gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 1, against Wilmington University. Game-time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.