By Julie Baumgarten
Hoping to close the regular season with a pair of wins, the men’s soccer team hit the road for Washington, D.C. and Queens, N.Y. last week. The Pioneers took on the University of the District of Columbia Firebirds on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Just 13 minutes in, freshman forward Johann Kristjansson headed in the first goal of the game off assists by sophomore midfielder Matias Ruiz and junior forward Eivind Austboe. Senior midfielder Jonathon Watkin followed approximately four minutes later with a second Pioneer goal, off another Austboe assist.
The Firebirds managed to strike back with a goal of their own before the end of the first half. The scoreboard was looking good for the Pioneers, until the Firebirds scored their second goal of the game with under 15 minutes left in regulation. Deja vu of the preceding week set in as double overtime came and went, with neither team managing to score. The Pioneers tied for the second time in a row. The final score was 2-2.
Thirsty for victory, the Pioneers played the Queens College Knights on Saturday, Nov. 2. The scoreboard stayed quiet for most of the game, but there was plenty of physical action on the field. The Knights played rough, earning themselves plenty of yellow cards and two red cards. In the second period, just two minutes after the Knights’ second ejection, Kristjansson managed to score for the Pioneers off a free kick by senior back Eirik Bjoernoe. The Knights did their best to score in the 17 minutes that remained in regulation time, but fell short. The Pioneers brought home the win they were looking for to end their regular season.
The men have finished another successful season as they for the third consecutive year are the ECC regular season champions. The Pioneers host the Mercy College Mavericks in the ECC Semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 6. at 1:00 p.m.