The Lady Pioneers had not played in 10 days, but on Wednesday, March 30th, that did not affect the outcome of their game against the Bridgeport Purple Knights.
Aside from being their first game in 10 days, Wednesday’s game was also the Pioneers’ first ECC match up of the season. This is the first season that the Purple Knights are in the ECC, moving up from club team status to now face tougher opponents in Division II. The inexperience of Bridgeport was evident, and the Pioneers took advantage early and often, scoring seven times before the game was even five minutes old.
The Pioneers continued to dominate the Purple Knights, scoring a total of 15 times in the first half and then adding an additional nine goals in the second half, all while holding Bridgeport scoreless in the 24-0 beating at Hickox Field.
But it wasn’t just the Pioneers’ offense that stepped up it was also their defense. The defense never allowed the Knights to get anything going, and held them to just two shots for the entire game in the shutout.
In the 24-0 blowout, the Pioneers saw 14 players score a point including Lauren Spagnoletta who scored six goals, while Jackie Sileo led the way with seven points.
The road for the Pioneers got tougher on Sunday April 3rd, when they faced the Bentley Falcons in a game dedicated to the 2001 national championship team, which was honored on the field prior to the match up, for the 10th year anniversary.
The Pioneers opened the game on a 9-0 run. However, just as it looked like a repeat of Wednesday’s Bridgeport game, the Falcons attempted to make a comeback. The effort proved futile though, after the Pioneers added a few more goals to make the deficit unreachable.
Spagnoletta finished the game with seven points, while Michelle Fucich and Jackie Sileo walked away with six and five points in the 19-9 victory for the Pioneers.