By Michael Otero
Facing a one-goal deficit and 15 minutes to go in regulation, the men’s soccer team somehow found a way to climb out of the hole and tie the game. After one full extra period, the Pioneers eventually pulled out the dramatic 2-1 win against the University of District of Columbia in double overtime on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The equalizing goal in the 85th minute came from senior forward Per Forgaard, which forced the overtime. The scoreless over-time put the extra onus on both teams to score and get the victory in a game so tightly contested. In that second overtime, sophomore forward Jason Lampkin corralled his own rebound and beat the keeper to give the Pioneers the thrilling 2-1 win.
The Pioneers went back to work on Saturday, Sept. 26, when they visited Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. The team won the hard fought battle 2-0 thanks to two late goals. Senior keeper, Kevin LaBarbera, who was seeing his first action of the season, kept Queens off the scoreboard through the first half, even though they had four shots.
In a match that had over-time written all over it, junior forward Johann Kristjansson had other ideas. Kristjansson scored the first goal of the game in the 82nd minute after beating the Queens keeper to a loose ball and tapping in the goal. Later in the match, freshman forward Charlie Ledula added another goal just for good measure to give LIU the two- goal advantage.
The Pioneers outshot Queens 13-7 and LaBarbera secured his first win and shutout of the 2015 season. Andreas Lindberg and his team are back at it on Wednesda, Sept. 30, when they welcome Philadelphia University to Brookville, N.Y. Opening kick is scheduled for 3 p.m.