By Michael Otero
On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the men’s soccer team (4-2) took on the Marauders from Millersville, Pa (1-4-1). The Pioneers came out strong and notched their third win of the season in a 3-0 shutout. The Pioneers wasted little time getting going offensively, tallying 11 shots as opposed to three for the visitors, and struck the first goal of the match in the 22nd minute. Graduate midfielder Tom Bowen connected on a free kick from just outside the box. The goal gave the Pioneers the lead, one they never relinquished.
In the second half, freshman forward Jason Lampkin gave
the Pioneers some breathing room with a goal off a pass from junior midfielder Per Forgaard. The score gave LIU a two-goal lead, and boosted the energy levels and momentum for the hosts. Graduate forward Dale McDonald put the cherry on top in an already impressive day for the Pioneers, with a goal in the 72nd minute. The Pioneers enjoyed their third shutout of the season, winning the match handily 3-0.
The Pioneers led the Marauders in shots and corner kicks for the match while junior goalkeeper Jesper Malmstrom kept the visitors off the board. The Pioneers hit the field again on Saturday, Sept. 20 to face off against the Spartans from Saint Thomas Aquinas College (1-2-2).
The Spartans got off to a quick start in Brookville N.Y., as senior back Laurie Child connected for a goal in the ninth minute of action to give his squad the lead. The early goal stood until the 32nd minute, when McDonald sent a header passed the Spartan goalkeeper, thanks to an assist from freshman midfielder Harry Pearse. With the score tied at one and halftime approaching, the intensity level picked up and the Spartans were awarded a penalty kick that they converted, giving them a 2-1 lead over LIU.
As the second half played on, the Pioneers were able to tie the game in the 55th minute via a McDonald cross that found the feet of sophomore back Johannes Forgaard, who in turn found the back of the net to even the score at two. Less than 10 minutes later, the Pioneers sent another cross into enemy territory and senior forward Eivind Austboe headed the goal to give the Green and Gold the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal.
For the match, the Pioneers held a 20-5 advantage in shots as well as a 12-3 advantage in corner kicks. Head coach Andreas Lindberg and the Pioneers return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 24 when they battle the Lions of Molloy College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.