By Michael Otero
Trailing to fourth seeded Roberts Wesleyan College with less than 10 minutes left in the contest, senior forward Susanne Vistnes connected with freshman forward Andrea Huntzinger and Huntzinger tied the game in the 84th minute, saving the Pioneers season for the moment. With the score dead even at one, overtime would be needed and neither side was able to connect, so the match would be decided on penalty kicks.
In the shootout, the two sides traded goals in the first two rounds before junior midfielder Julia Backman converted and then Roberts Wesleyan missed wide right, giving LIU the upper hand. With a chance to win and send her team to the next round, senior midfielder Morgan Miller beat the keeper.
After their high against Roberts Wesleyan, the Pioneers had more business to take care of against top-seeded University of Bridgeport on Sunday, Nov. 15. A lone goal in the 89th minute by Ariana Weingrad sent the Pioneers home earlier than they had hoped. The sophomore midfielder fired a shot outside the box and found the back of net, sending her team to the next round.
The Pioneers were never really able to get their offense going, as they managed a measly three shots on goal. The Pioneers, who finished their season on Sunday, ended their 2015 campaign with a 14-4-3 record.