By Michael Otero
After concluding conference tournament play with a 3-0 victory over Molloy College, men’s soccer came into its NCAA Division II second round battle as the no. 1 seed in the division, nationwide, after holding the second slot for the last three weeks.
The team went out and proved its top-seed, beating Merrimack College 1-0 and advancing in the knock-out stage of the tournament. The team is currently 18-0-1 on the season.
The lone goal from the Pioneer Soccer Park in Brookville, N.Y. on a calm sunny Saturday, Nov. 12, came in the 29th minute from graduate midfielder, Alex Billington. The goal came after sophomore forward Charlie Ledula aggressively got into the box for a long ball, was first to touch it and drew a foul. Billington buried the following penalty kick into the mesh.
The Pioneer defense limited the scoring opportunities for Merrimack, allowing just one shot on goal in 90 minutes, which senior goal-keeper Jesper Malmstrom turned aside.
The win advances the Pioneers to the third round of the tournament. The team faces Adelphi University on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Pioneer Soccer Park.