By Maxime Devillaz
With yet another clean sheet and two tallies from senior forward Lauren Bellone, the women’s soccer team continued its winning streak on Sunday, Oct. 5, and is continuously in the mix for a spot in the National Championships by the end of the season.
The grass surface on the new Pioneer Soccer Park seemed to have recovered from the heavy rain the day before, as both teams kept knocking passes on the ground. However, the home team—with six straight wins—dominated the ball and kept on bumping forward, giving the Knights a hard time to establish any build-up of momentum. As the Knights had a hard time penetrating through the Pioneer defense, it led to a comfortable day for sophomore goalkeeper Hrafnhildur Agnarsdottir, who stood for one save in 90 minutes. The one save turned out to be the only shot on goal for the guests. Agnarsdottir has now recorded six shutouts in nine games, and four shutouts in a row.
In the first half, the Green and Gold had scoring opportunities, but they couldn’t get on the scoreboard as they went into halftime tied at zero. The Pioneers got an early goal in the second half when sophomore forward Julia Backman fed Bellone who found an opening by the first post. Following the goal, the Pioneers added to their lead in the 73rd minute when Bellone overwhelmed the Knight defense again. This time, she sent it to the far corner, beating the goalkeeper. Bellone’s second goal of the day sealed the deal as the Pioneers won 2-0.
Head Coach Mark Dawson and the team will continue to battle on the new Pioneer Soccer Park on Wednesday, Oct. 8, when they face Wilmington College, Del. Kickoff is slated for 3.30 p.m.