By Michael Otero
The no. 18 ranked men’s soccer team played host to Wilmington University on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Even though the Pioneers had the support of their fans in this one, they fell behind on a goal in the 33rd minute. That score held until halftime.
After some physical play, which resulted in multiple yellow cards, the Pioneers got a corner kick and junior forward, Johann Kristjansson, headed a goal passed the keeper. The score held at 1-1 for the remainder of regular time and overtime would be needed.
In that overtime, the Pioneers kept up their physical play and got a free kick in the 98th minute. Senior midfielder, Matias Ruiz, who assisted on the first goal, found himself in a similar position here as he sent a cross to senior midfielder Per Forgaard who had the same result as Kristjansson; a goal off the noggin. The Pioneers took the match by a score of 2-1.
The men’s soccer team returned on Saturday, Sept. 19, to open up East Coast Conference play against NYIT. The offensive struggle between the two sides saw a combined one goal and, luckily for the Pioneers, that one goal came off the foot of freshman midfielder, Charlie Ledula.
Despite winning the game 1-0, the Pioneers were outshot by NYIT, but senior goalkeeper, Jesper Malmstrom, kept the opposition off the board. Andreas Lindberg and his team are back at it today against the University of the District of Columbia. Kickoff from the nation’s capital is set for 2 p.m.