Coming off a tough overtime loss to first place St. Thomas Aquinas College by a score of 2-1, the Pioneers came out focused and determined for their next games at Molloy College (3-11) and Mercy College (6-6-2).
C.W. Post won in a 4-1 rout against the last-place Molloy Lions. Later on in the week, the Pioneers faced off against Mercy College (6-6-2), but lost in an exciting double overtime match-up.
“We played well both games,” said forward Rumen Kerekov. “We scored five goals in total in those games and we created many chances. Against Molloy we won convincingly, but we lost in a very unfortunate way to Mercy.”
Right from the start of the game against Molloy, the Pioneers came out energized and ready to play. The Pioneers scored two goals in the first half; one scored by freshman back Joakim Ohlson, and the other by junior midfielder David Carlsson. After these quick two goals, neither team would put up a point on the scoreboard until Molloy’s Dan Brown beat C.W. Post goalie Marco Jorgensen to make the score 2-1 in favor of Post.
Just five minutes after Molloy finally found their offense and came within one goal of tying the game, Carlsson scored his second goal of the game, and his fourth goal of the season. Post continued to pour it on when senior forward Emanuel Messina found the back of the net off a pass from Carlsson to put the game out of reach at a score of 4-1.
On Saturday, the Pioneers traveled to face Mercy College in an East Coast Conference showdown. Post took the early lead on a goal from sophomore forward Betim Bajrami, with the assist coming from Carlsson. Midway through the second half, Mercy would even up the score off a goal from Alex Cruz.
Both teams could not end the game in regulation, so overtime was needed. Neither team could find a way to win at the conclusion of the first overtime, so yet another extra period was needed. In the 104th minute, Cruz managed to give Mercy the lead on his second goal of the game, as this proved to be the final score of a thrilling battle with the Pioneers on the losing end.
“It was a tough loss, but we can still qualify for the playoffs if we beat Queens next Saturday,’ said Kerekov. “So we will definitely be pumped up for that game.”
The Pioneers next game will be at home against Nyack College (5-5) on Thursday at 2 p.m. Saturday, will be their last regular season game, which will be at home against Queens College at 2:30 p.m.