By Julie Baumgarten
They’re going to the top and can’t be stopped. The men’s soccer team brings its record to 10-0 after a pair of victories at home against the Roberts Wesleyan College Redhawks and the Daemen College Wildcats last weekend.
The Pioneers welcomed the Redhawks on Friday, Oct. 4. The first period nearly ended scoreless. With just four minutes left in the half, senior back Eirik Bjoernoe scored the first goal of the game with a penalty kick. The Pioneers kept their momentum going when sophomore mid- fielder Per Forgaard scored the second goal off
an assist from junior back Oscar Kjellstrom. That goal came just under 15 minutes after the start
of the second half. The Redhawks didn’t even have the opportunity to take a shot before junior forward Eivind Austboe scored the Pioneers’ third goal, assisted by Forgaard. The Redhawks fought hard, but not hard enough. The game ended before they were able to score. The final score of 3-0 brought the Pioneers to their ninth win of the season.
“Sunday Funday” indeed, for the Pioneers
at least. The Wildcats played at Post on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Wildcats wasted no time. Kyle Clifford managed to score the first goal of the game for the away team under four minutes into the game. It took the Pioneers about 20 minutes to answer.
Austboe scored for the Pioneers with assists from senior midfielder Jonathon Watkin and sophomore midfielder Matias Ruiz.
That was just the beginning. Austboe scored a second goal less than 15 minutes later off an as- sist from sophomore back Carl Lystad. Less than five minutes later, Lystad scored a goal of his own off an assist from Forgaard. About two minutes later, it was Bjoernoe’s turn to score off a penalty kick. Less than a minute later, Austboe kicked in his third goal of the game off an assist by senior forward Cemil Turan.
That was five goals for the Pioneers in the first half, and the momentum didn’t stop then. Less than 10 minutes into the second period, freshman forward Johann Kristjansson scored off an assist from junior midfielder Dusan Gargurev- ich. Junior midfielder Vincent Tavernese scored his first goal of the season, also off an assist
from Gargurevich. A penalty kick by Turan and a header by sophomore forward Cameron Gamble added up to nine goals for the Pioneers. The Wildcats were unable to keep up. The Pioneers defeated the Wildcats easily by a score of 9-1.
The Pioneers will go on the road to take on the Nyack College Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:00 p.m. to play the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights.