By Michael Otero
In opening up East Coast Conference play, the Pioneers dropped a 2-0 decision to the University of Bridgeport in Brookville, N.Y. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-2-1 on the season while the Purple Knights prevailed and now sit at 3-1.
The match featured just seven total shots on goal and unfortunately for the Pioneers, the Purple Knights converted on half their attempts. In the 11th and 21st minutes, the Purple Knights got the ball passed sophomore goalkeeper Hillevi Eklow and into the net for their two goals.
Because of inclement weather, the match was called in the 74th minute. Head Coach Mark Dawson and his squad returned to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they hosted Queens College in another ECC tilt from Pioneer Country.
Even though there was only one featured goal, the Pioneers came out on top thanks to sophomore forward Andrea Huntzinger, who connected for the score in the 79th minute. The go-ahead and game-winning goal came off a rebound and Huntzinger didn’t miss the opportunity.
The Pioneers dominated the action for the match as well; out- shooting the Knights at a 3:1 clip. In net, Eklow faced four shots and stopped all four of them to earn her second shutout of the season. The Pioneers are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 21, when they play Wilmington University from the Pioneer Soccer Park in Brookville, N.Y. The non-conference matchup is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.