Men’s Soccer

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By Michael Otero
Sports Editor

Senior forward Matias Ruiz was the hero for the Green and Gold on Friday, Oct. 23, as he netted a goal late in a tie game to give the Pioneers the 4-3 win over Roberts Wesleyan College, in front of the Pioneer faithful.

#8 defensive midfielder, Thomas Bowen. Photo: Kimberly Toledo
#8 defensive midfielder, Thomas Bowen.
Photo: Kimberly Toledo
The match saw some highs and lows for the Pioneers, starting with a high in the sixth minute. A goal by sophomore forward Jason Lampkin gave LIU the quick 1-0 lead. That goal was immediately answered with one by Roberts Wesleyan to draw even at one.

After a goal by senior forward Per Forgaard, the score looked to be 2-1 for the Pioneers going into the break, but junior forward Johann Kristjansson gave the Pioneers an even bigger lead when he scored just before the half. That lead though, evaporated early in the latter stanza as Roberts Wesleyan came out kicking and notched two goals in a span of five minutes to tie the match at three. Looking for an answer, Forgaard was able to find Ruiz who bent a shot just inside the right post for the game winner.

The Green Machine looked to carry the adrenaline from this game into their date with Daemen College on Sunday, Oct. 25, and did they ever. The Pioneers notched a season high eight goals and quadrupled Daemen on the scoreboard, winning 8-2. The team got two-goal performances from Ruiz, who continued his stellar play, sophomore midfielder Harry Pearse, and sophomore forward Toby Ilomuanya.

The Pioneers drew first blood in the 18th minute, but opened up the floodgates in the second half, as they scored six times in just 30 minutes.

LIU, now unbeaten since Sept. 12, will host Molloy College on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at noon.

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