Assistant Sports Editor
The LIU Post Pioneers men’s soccer team remains undefeated after the first six games of the season. Led by the performance of freshman midfielder Per Forgaard on Wednesday, September 12, LIU Post defeat¬ed Nyack College 3-0 and then followed that up with a 3-1 win over the University of the District of Columbia.
In Wednesday’s victory over Nyack, Forgaard put the Pioneers ahead early in the contest. In the 23rd minute the Norwegian midfielder headed the ball off a cross from freshman back Johan Wallin. LIU Post would get a second goal before the half ended, but it would not come off the foot of a Pioneer player. With seven minutes left in the half, Nyack scored on its own goal to give the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.
The Pioneers would tack on another goal in the second half. Sophomore forward Eivind Aus¬tboe one-touched the ball into the net off a cross from Forgaard to seal the victory for LIU Post.
On Saturday, September 15, the Pioneers had its first conference victory when the team defeated UDC 4-2. LIU Post scored the game’s first goal in the 30th minute off a rebound shot from Austboe. Five minutes later, UDC tied the game at one as freshman forward Moussa Traore headed the ball past the Pioneer keeper. Austboe put his team back in the lead after he was awarded a penalty kick in the 43rd minute and converted to make it 2-1 Pioneers.
LIU Post managed to cushion its lead midway into the second half. Senior forward Andreas Olson scored in the 60th minute on a breakaway to make it 3-1. But UDC would respond in the 70th minute cutting the Pioneers two-goal lead to just one. However, freshman mid-fielder Matias Ruiz would give the Pioneers a two-goal advantage once again after he scored his first collegiate goal in the 89th minute to secure the win for LIU Post.
The Pioneers held the shots advantage 21-11 against UDC and a 7-1 differential in corner kicks. Junior keeper Marco Jorgensen made just one save for the Pioneers in the win, while his UDC counterpart turned away six shots.
LIU Post’s next game is at home on Wednesday, September 19, at 4:30 p.m., when it hosts Dowling College.
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