By Michael Otero
Just like their male coun- terparts, the Pioneers secured back-to-back victories to open up the 2016 campaign. After winning 3-0 against Southern New Hampshire University and 2-1 over American International College, the Pioneers got off to the hot start they hoped for.
The team looked to continue that against Southern Connecticut State University on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in its home opener in Pioneer Country. Unfortunately for the Green and Gold, they would have to settle for a 1-1 draw.
The No. 21 ranked Pioneers didn’t lack firepower in any sense of the word, constantly on the offensive and outshooting the Owls 24-11. Although they didn’t have many shots, the Owls made one of them count early in the match, giving them a one-goal lead and putting some early pressure on the Pioneers.
After a scoreless first half, the Pioneers had plenty of scoring chances, but only cashed in on one of them. After a slew of shots on goal, the Pioneers broke through with junior midfielder Klara Berggren who scored the equalizing goal. The overtime sessions saw shots, but none that found the back of either net.
In their weekend matchup against Stonehill College on
Saturday, Sept. 10, the Pioneers fell by a score of 1-0. Although the Pioneers outshot the undefeated Skyhawks 10-9, they were unable to find the back of the net. The lone point of the match came in the 36th minute via Lydia Beiter.
The Pioneers return to the field Wednesday, Sept. 14, when they face No. 4 ranked University of Bridgeport from the Pioneer Soccer Park.