Tale of Two Halves; Men’s Soccer Draws vs Mercy

Tale of Two Halves; Men’s Soccer Draws vs Mercy

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By Michael Otero
Sports Editor

On the heels of its 4-0 shutout victory over Wilmington University, men’s soccer jumped to fourth spot on the national div. II ranking. The team took its new-found confidence into its Saturday, Oct. 8, matchup against Mercy College where they used a three-goal second half to force a draw.

Photo by Philip James Andersson
Photo by Philip James Andersson

The Mavericks were by no means the aggressors even though they established a three-goal lead, converting three of five shots in the first half. The Pioneers snapped out of their funk in the latter 45 minutes, though, when a red card was issued to the Mavericks and senior midfielder, Alex Billington, buried a penalty kick to put the Pioneers on the board.

Less than a minute after Billington’s goal, sophomore midfielder, Charlie Ledula, picked his spot and netted the second Pioneer goal of the day, courtesy of a pass from senior forward, Jason Lampkin.

Photo by Philip James Andersson
Photo by Philip James Andersson

Speaking of great passes, junior midfielder, Harry Pearse, beautifully executed a corner kick where redshirt junior midfielder, Erik Berthagen was able to head the game-tying goal.

For the remainder of the game, the Pioneers exploited their advantages and got shot opportunities, but were unable to cash in, including the overtime sessions.

Photo by Philip James Andersson
Photo by Philip James Andersson

The 3-3 draw still keeps the Pioneers’ loss column a big ol’ donut, but the team’s winning percentage dropped from a perfect 100 to 95. Post currently sits at 9-0-1 and is the top-ranked team in the region. Head coach Andreas Lindberg and his squad return to the pitch on Friday, Oct. 14, when they visit Roberts Wesleyan College. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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