By Michael Otero
Senior forward Susanne Vistnes: 2 – Roberts Wesleyan College: 1. That was the story from the Pioneers matchup against Roberts Wesleyan on Friday, Oct. 23, in Brookville, N.Y.
Vistnes extended her program scoring record with a goal in the 17th minute, due in part to some fancy footwork. The scoring ceased for the rest of the half after that goal, but both teams combined for 12 shots. Late in the second half, LIU got called for a hand ball inside the box, which set up a penalty kick for Bella Mitrevski. The junior midfielder converted the shot and forced overtime.
In the first overtime session, neither team scored. Instead, there was a Vistnes sighting in the second overtime, as she received a cross from junior mid-fielder Katie Kingston and connected for the game-winning goal that lifted the Pioneers to victory by a score of 2-1.
They looked to carry the momentum from Friday’s victory into Saturday’s game against Daemen College. In that matchup, the Pioneers were the aggressors and it payed off. They outshot Daemen and also earned more corner kicks from their aggression.
They got their first tally in the 25th minute from Vistnes, but that was all the scoring for the first 45 minutes. With a 1-0 lead early in the second half, the Pioneers struck three times in just over ten minutes. Headers from Kingston and senior back Katie LaManna followed by a goal from freshman forward Andrea Huntzinger put the game out of reach and gave the Pioneers their 12th win of year. They are now unbeaten in their last six matches.
The team returns to the pitch this afternoon against Molloy College. Kickoff from Pioneer Country is set for 3 p.m.