By Michael Otero
On the heels of a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mercy College, the Pioneers made quick work of Caldwell University, upending the guests 4-0 on Monday, Oct. 10, at the Pioneer Soccer Park in Brookville, N.Y.
The win, the team’s sixth in a row, pushes its record to 8-2-1. The scoring got underway in the 22nd minute when freshman forward Julia Duffy deflected a cross past the keeper. Just six minutes later, junior midfielder Klara Berggren put the Pioneers up two goals when she cleaned up a battle in front of the net.
Just before the half culmination, the Pioneers went up a thrice thanks to freshman midfielder Madina Mulic. Sophomore forward Andrea Huntzinger put the icing on the cake with the fourth and final goal on the afternoon in the 57th minute. The goal was her fourth of the season, good enough for a team high.
The game marked the team’s fourth straight shutout.
The Pioneers returned on Friday, Oct. 14, against Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. Both sides struggled to get scoring opportunities, and the result was a nil-nil draw.
The Pioneers’ golden scoring chance came in the second half when Mulic sent a shot that hit
the post. The almost-game winner was the closest the Pioneers came. Roberts Wesleyan had some opportunities turned aside by sophomore keeper Hillevi Eklow, who made three saves in the extra sessions. The Pioneers owned a 13-11 shot advantage, but could not capitalize by pushing one across the line.
Mark Dawson and his team are back on the field Thursday, Oct. 20, when they visit Molloy College. Start time from Rockville Centre, N.Y., is set for 4 p.m.