Assistant Sports Editor
The LIU Post Pioneers men’s soccer team has climbed to number one in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II National rankings. It is the first time in the history of the program that the Pioneers have been ranked number one.
The Pioneers are one of two teams in Division II that are still undefeated. Gannon is the only other team that has not lost a game.
For both the players and coaching staff, the number one ranking is an acknowledgement of all their hard work. “It’s a great feeling, to finally get paid for the hard work we have put (in) the last months,” said junior captain Eirik Bjoernoe.
“It is an awesome feeling to be ranked number one,” added head coach Andreas Lindberg. “And a testament to our players and staff that we are doing something right.”
The Pioneers have out¬scored opponents 30-9 this season, with leading scorer sophmore Elvind Austboe accounting for eight goals this season. The pioneers also have the sixth ranked offense in Division II.
But, despite the early success both Bjoerno and Lindberg know that there is still plenty more to accomplish.
“We know we haven’t accomplished anything yet and we are only half way through the season,” Lindberg said. “We have a lot of work left to do and our ultimate goal is to make it back to the NCAA tournament. Once there, anything can happen.”
Bjoerno added: “We have a lot of unfinished business to take care of and we know this puts an even bigger target on our back.”
LIU Post has several tough matches coming up with several top teams in the region, which includes a game against number six ranked Umass Lowell. Their next game is on Wednesday, October 3, against Mercy College.