Assistant Sports Editor
After losing the first game of the 2012 season, the LIU Post Pioneers men’s soccer team found its winning ways again in two games last week, defeating both Philadelphia University and Queens College.
On Tuesday, October 16, the Pioneers traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia University Rams. It was a tightly contested battle through the first half as neither team could find the back of the net. The Pioneers outshot the Rams 8-3 in the half and held a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Pioneers threatened in the second half, but again were turned away by Rams goalkeeper Niel Kwiatkowski.
However, in the waning moments of the game, the Pioneers finally found the scoring touch. Sophomore midfielder Dusan Gargurevich was awarded a free kick after the Rams committed a foul. He was able to send the ball into the box, finding teammate junior forward Cemil Turan, who sent the ball into the upper right corner.
That goal was the game winner for the Pioneers, who held on for the 1-0 victory. LIU Post held the advantage in shots, 20-10, and held the edge in corner kicks, 8-0. Junior goalkeeper Marco Jorgensen made six saves in the win and recorded his fourth shutout of the season.
The Pioneers followed up the close win with an 8-2 drubbing of the Queens College Knights. Six different Pioneer players scored in the win, with Turan recording a hat trick and Andreas Olson scoring two goals of his own.
However, it was the Knights that opened the scoring just 13 seconds into the game. Danny Stoker was the goal scorer for Queens College, but the Pioneers answered back 20 minutes later as Turan scored the first of his three goals. Six minutes later, he scored again to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead and he later put a shot home in the 36th minute to make it 3-1.
Five minutes into the second half, Olson scored his first goal of the game to make it 4-1. Queens scored another goal to cut the lead to two, but junior midfielder Jonathan Watkin put the Pioneers back ahead by three in the 61st minute. Olson scored his second of the game in the 67th minute and freshman forward Cameron Gamble and freshman midfielder Elias Johansson each added goals to round out the score to 8-2.
The Pioneers held an 18-7 shots advantage and Jorgensen had to make just two saves in the dominating win. LIU Post is now 14-1 on the season and 7-1 in East Coast Conference play.
LIU Post will host Post University on Wednesday, October 24, at 3 p.m.
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