By Michael Otero
The Pioneers (4-1) took on Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Manchester N.H., and survived a late revival
of life from the Penmen. A very defensive and physical first half limited Pioneer scoring chances, but they got a golden opportunity when they got a corner kick in the 37th minute. Junior forward Susanne Vistnes was the recipient of a pass from senior back Lauren Bellone. The goal put the Pioneers on the board, and gave them a lead they would not forgo.
In the second half, the Pioneers connected for another goal, this time sophomore forward Julia Backman was given a precise pass from Vistnes. The goal proved to be the game winner after a late goal by the Penmen made the score 2-1.
The Pioneers returned to action on Saturday, Sept. 20, when they welcomed fellow East Coast Conference opponent St. Thomas Aquinas to Brookville, N.Y. The Pioneers took some time to get going offensively, but like the saying goes, “all good things take time.”
After a scoreless 30 minutes for each side, the Pioneers struck first. Backman notched her second goal in as many games, giving the Pi- oneers the early edge and the momentum. Less than nine minutes later, the Green Machine was back for more as Vistnes connected for a goal, her first of three that afternoon. It was clear the offense was working well; they scored three goals in each half. The capper for the match came when freshman forward Alex Lynn scored the sixth goal of the game for the Pioneers in the 65th minute. The Pioneers cruised to a 6-1 victory.
The Green and Gold outshot the Spartans 22-3 for the day, and also had their goalkeepers protect the nes well, only allowing one goal. The win was the fourth in a row for the Pioneers, and they will their con- fidence and momentum from the streak with them when they play the Bears from NYIT in the “Battle of the Boulevard” on Saturday. Sept. 27.