The C.W. Post men’s soccer team is now 6-0, with two wins in the last week. With an impressive start to the season, the Pioneers are now ranked number 15 on the NSCAA Poll.
Having two of their freshmen forwards named ECC Player of the Week in consecutive weeks and sophomore goalkeeper, Marco Jorgensen, named to the ECC weekly honor roll, the outlook seems bright for the Pioneers, but not without a challenge.
On September 14th, the Pioneers faced Bentley College in Boston and were quickly down 1-0 after 12 minutes, struggling to strike back and put the ball in the net. In the second half, Post picked up its game, having 10 shots on goal following intermission. After the 75 minute mark, senior William Lindberg made the score even with a 20-yard shot, following a pass from junior right wing, Andreas Olsen. This goal was Lindberg’s first of the season.
The Pioneers kept on with their offensive attack and were rewarded in the 84th minute, when freshman forward Cemil Turan gave Post the lead. Turan dribbled down the sideline and finished the sequence with a goal, which proved to be the game winner.
Saturday, C.W. Post played Stonehill College in its fourth home game of the season. The Pioneers were in for a rocky start, as less than five minutes into the game, the Stonehill Skyhawks took the lead. However, the Pioneers’ offense would respond back. Led by team-captain Eirik Bjornoe, the Pioneers took control over the game, putting several shots on goal and keeping the pressure on the Skyhawks’ defense. About midway through the first half, Bjornoe knocked through a penalty kick, evening up the score.
The Pioneers continued their solid offensive play and were rewarded with another penalty kick after a handball inside Stonehill’s box. Bjornoe repeated his success, scoring yet another penalty kick, giving the Pioneers a 2-1 advantage.
But, two-time ECC Rookie, and Player of the Week, freshman Eivind T. Austboe wouldn’t let Bjornoe steal the entire spotlight. Late in the second half, Austboe secured the lead for the Pioneers after curling a low shot into the right corner on a free kick right outside the box.
“We have to stop letting in those early goals in the beginning of the match, but as long as we clean up our mistakes, and end up with a win, even if it isn’t our best day, I am satisfied,” said Austboe after Saturday’s game.
The Pioneers next matchup is away on Saturday, September 24th, at 3 p.m. at the University of Bridgeport.