By Michael Otero
Coming off their third straight one-goal victory, the Pioneers, led by sophomore defender Grace Ilias and her two goals, ousted Pace University by a score of 3-1 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Ilias didn’t take long to get her team on the board as she scored in the fourth minute to break the scoreless tie. After another goal by Ilias in the 19th minute, it was senior forward Keliann Margiotta who gave the Pioneers the commanding 3-0 lead on a penalty stroke. The Pioneers did allow a late goal, but won the match by a score of 3-1.
After a few days off, it was a different team but the same result, as the Pioneers stayed in Brookville, N.Y. and welcomed American International College on Saturday, Oct. 24. They upended AIC by a score of 3-1, thanks to a two-goal effort from Margiotta. Protecting the net, junior goalkeeper Ericka Parks played back-to-back strong games allowing two total goals and putting her team in a good position to win. LIU returns to the field today in Massachusetts against Bentley University. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.