By Michael Otero
After winning a pair of matches by a score of 2-1 to open the season, the Pioneers took the field in Bridgeport, Conn. to play Merrimack College on Thursday, Sept. 8. The No. 8 ranked Pioneers toppled the No. 15 ranked Warriors by a score of 5-0.
The star of the game was no other than senior goalkeeper Jesper Malmstrom, who made five saves and picked up the victory, his first shutout of the young season. After a half hour of no scoring, the Pioneers broke the stalemate with goal by sophomore forward Charlie Ledula.
For the rest of the first half, both of- fenses were held in check.
In the second half, however, the Pioneers erupted for four goals. Tallies by senior mid- fielder Alex Hailes, graduate midfielder Alex Billington, senior forward Jason Lampkin and junior midfielder Harry Pearse put the match out of reach and into the winning column for the Green and Gold.
The Pioneers returned to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 10, to take on Dominican College in their finale of the tournament in Conn. The Pioneers handed the Chargers a 7-0 loss.
The Pioneers started their assault early on, getting on the board in the eighth minute. Ledula put the Pioneers up 1-0 and they never looked back after that. For the remainder of the first half, the Pioneers got help on the offensive side of the ball from Erik Berthagen and Johan Mauritzson.
In the final 45 minutes, the key con- tributor was Harry Pearse who netted two goals in a ten-minute span to further pad the Pioneer lead to 5-0. Two more goals between minutes 80 and 90 put an icing on the Green and Gold cake for a 7-0 win.
The Pioneers return to the field Wednesday, Sept. 14, when they play Post University. The Pioneers will look to keep the right side of their ledger clean. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.