They’ve done it again. The LIU Post men’s soccer team brought its record to 8-0 after hosting the Philadelphia University Rams and the New York Institute of Technology Bears last week.
The Pioneers hosted the Rams on Wednesday, Sept. 25. It didn’t take long for the action to begin. Sophomore midfielder Per Forgaard set up junior forward Eivind Austboe for the first of his pair of goals just 35 seconds into play. Austboe’s second goal of the game came less than four minutes later, with assists from both senior midfielder Jonathon Watkin and senior back Eirik Bjoernoe. The Rams finally answered with just over 10 minutes left in the first period when sophomore midfielder Patrick Groh headed the ball into the goal off a corner kick by sophomore defender Angelo Dambalas. Their efforts weren’t enough though. A pair of goals by Pioneers’ freshman forward Johann Kristjansson and sophomore midfielder Matias Ruiz, with assists from Austboe and Kristjansson, secured the 4-1 Pioneers win.
The NYIT Bears made the trip to LIU Post on Saturday, Sept. 28 looking for a repeat of last year’s 2-1 win over the Pioneers. To the Bears’ dismay, Austboe was first to score, with an assist from senior forward Cemil Turan just past halfway through the first period.
The Bears came back from halftime with a vengeance. Goals by senior midfielder Vinny Caccavale and sophomore midfielder Alberto Ruiz put the Bears in the lead with less than 10 minutes left in regulation, but the Pioneers weren’t going down without a fight. Austboe headed the ball towards the net, and Kristjansson finished the job with
less than five minutes left in the game, bringing the contest to a 2-2 tie. A handball foul on NYIT led the Pioneers’ captain, Bjoernoe, to a game- winning penalty kick that sailed beautifully between the pipes, into the net. The Pioneers came out victorious in overtime with a 3-2 win against the Bears.
The Pioneers are next set to host the Roberts Wesleyan College Redhawks on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and the Daemen College Wildcats on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.