From the sideline, much of the C.W. Post women’s soccer team’s 7-0 victory over Pittsburgh-Johnstown looked as laid back and effortless as an easy practice. The Pioneers, ranked 20th in Division II and favored to repeat as ECC Champions, used their aggressive style of play and quickness on the forward line to take control of the game early on and bring their record back above the .500 mark to 2-1.
Sophomore forward Alexa Niciforo led the Pioneers with two goals, the first of which came just two minutes into action and put C.W. Post ahead early on. Eight minutes later, freshman midfielder Lina Harle converted a pass from Niciforo into a header into the top left corner of the goal cage for another point for the Pioneers. Three more C.W. Post goals put the Pioneers on top 5-0 at halftime.
The Pioneers continued their assault on the UPJ defense in the second half. Any hopes of a comeback victory were dashed when sophomore midfielder Lauren Bischoff put the team’s sixth goal in the net just 46 seconds into play in the second half. Another C.W. Post goal, this time from freshman midfielder Brooke Palmer, was the cherry on top for the Pioneers, as they walked away with the 7-0 win. Pioneers’ goalie Allie Weiser made just one save for C.W. Post, which outshot UPJ 18-1.
The women’s soccer team will be back in action Thursday, September 15, as they travel to Caldwell College for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.