By David Otero
On a warm autumn Saturday afternoon, the C.W. Post menís soccer team went to battle against rival Dowling University. The intensity level was high for the entire length of this conference game.
Going into the match, freshman back Joakim Ohlson, was a little nervous about the Pioneerís opponent. ìThey’re in the top of the conference table and they are also aiming for a spot in the NCAA playoffs. So a win Saturday would put us in a great position for the future,î he said.
Unfortunately just minutes into the game, Dowling got off to a fast start by scoring off a header by midfielder Jonathan DeFelice. However, less than three minutes later Post responded by tying the game off a goal by forward William Lindbergh who has scored three goals in the last two games.
Both teams had several opportunities to break the tie, but strong defense on both sides left the score at 1-1 after the first half.
With both offenses struggling since after scoring at the beginning of the game, Dowling surged ahead with about seven minutes left to play. After a controversial penalty was called against Post, Dowling capitalized by converting their free kick to take the lead 2-1, which would prove to be the final tally.
ìIt was a tough loss,î stated forward Rumen Kerekov. ìOur whole season was focused on that game and we lost it. Everybody tried hard but it wasnít enough. We must win all games and even then, we might not qualify for the NCAA. We will definitely aim at winning the conference for our pride.î
Following the tough loss, the Pioneers (4-5-1) will have to rebound quickly as they face Caldwell College (5-7) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at home. In addition, later in the week, Post will have to take on first place in the ECC St. Thomas Aquinas College (9-1-1) on the road.