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Niciforo Nets Two; Pioneers Head to Semi-Finals

The C.W. Post Women’s soccer team is on their way to the third round of the 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championships after defeating the American International College (AIC) Yellow Jackets on Sunday.

The lady Pioneers continued their on-field domination by shutting AIC out 2-0. During the first half the lady Pioneers put the pressure on AIC goalkeeper Kara Potts, but could not find the back of the net.

The second half featured the same story even though Post had several opportunities but failed to capitalize. Tove Eriksson hit the crossbar on a penalty shot and Karina Rizzo got robbed of a goal by AIC defender Jenifer Kirby as she made a defensive save on what would have been a sure goal early in the second half. The Pioneers finally ended the scoring drought 70:09 in the second half as freshman forward Alexa Niciforo put a shot into the lower left corner to give Post a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later Niciforo struck again sealing the victory for the lady Pioneers by the score of 2-0.

The lady Pioneers will now face one of their toughest foes yet, the Saint Rose Golden Knights (22-0). The Golden Knights are given the #1 spot by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and out-rank C.W Post in Win-Loss percentage (Ranked 1st), goals per game (Ranked 2nd), save percentage (Ranked 2nd), Shutout percentage (Ranked 5th) and goals-against-average (Ranked 2nd). In comparison C.W. Post is ranked 13th, 18th, 20th, 6th, 13th, and 10th respectively in the same categories.

The Golden Knights come into the contest having shut out each of their four teams throughout their current postseason run. They have also held 10 of their last 12 opponents scoreless, including six straight, and in the process have lowered their team goals-against-average to 0.27 on the year.

C.W. Post and Saint Rose will battle on Friday, November 19 at Westchester University. The winner will go on to the quarterfinals to take on the winner of West Chester University and California (PA).

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