By Mikey Domagala
The women’s soccer team advanced to the ECC championship final against Mercy College by defeating Bridgeport, 1-0, on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a home game at the Pioneer soccer park. The win improved the team’s overall record to 15-2-1. Junior Andrea Huntzinger scored the lone goal in the victory. Junior goalie Hillevi Eklow made two saves, recording her 10th shutout of the season. The Pioneers out shot Bridgeport 20-5 throughout the game.
Huntzinger, who led the Pioneers to the win, said that determination to move on to the ECC Championship Final was riding with the team the entire way. “We were determined to do whatever we had to do to win and get to play another game on Saturday,” she said. “That meant playing our game to the best ability we could.”
LIU Post’s ECC championship final took place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. also at home. The team lost, 3-0, against Mercy College. Now with a 15-3-1 record for the season, the members of the team await their future in the NCAA selection show to see their seeding in the NCAA Division II Championship.
The Pioneers struggled to find the back of the net all during the final game, going 0-for-3 on shots on goal and 0-for-9 on total shots. Mercy College struck first, with a 19 minute goal, along with back-to-back goals in the 37th-minute. It was smooth sailing the rest of the way from the Mercy Mavericks.
Though they fell to Mercy College, the Pioneers have gone 6-2 over their last eight games, dating back to their 4-0 victory over Queens College on Oct. 11. The team is still considered to be dangerous heading into the NCAA Division II Championship.
The selection will air on Monday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com.