The LIU Post Pioneers women’s soccer team managed to edge archrival Dowling College, after junior forward Alexa Niciforo scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime on Wednesday, September 19.
The Pioneers took the lead early in the game when fresh¬man forward Susanne Vistnes scored only 15 minutes into the contest, as she took a pass from freshman midfielder Hanna Westerling to beat the Dowling goalkeeper one-on-one. The Pioneers were able to hold on to the lead all the way until the 64th minute mark, when the Golden Lions of Dowling College scored off a set piece to even the score at one.
The second half of the game was an even match as both teams had big opportunities to come away with the win, but failed in the last moment. Niciforo came extremely close to putting the Pioneers ahead when she tried to chip the ball past the Golden Lions’ goalkeeper, but missed by only a few inches.
In overtime there was no doubt who wanted to take home the game. The Pioneers pressured the Golden Lions, tallying four shots, while allowing only one attempt from the Golden Lions. However, the Pioneers had to wait until the 104th minute to win the game, as Vistnes hit a hard shot forcing the Golden Lion goalkeeper to give up a re¬bound, and setting up Niciforo’s game winner.
“It was an amazing feeling to see Alexa putting the ball in, after such a long game,” said Vistnes, “We worked so hard all game long, and the goal was just meant to be.”
Niciforo stayed composed when the ball landed in her feet. “It felt great, I felt it coming, and when the ball landed in my feet, I could just put it in,” Niciforo explained.
Niciforo stated that the team is ambitious moving for¬ward, “We want to win back the conference title and make a good run in the national tournament. We belong in that company.”
The Pioneers winning ways continued as they rolled past the Robert Wesleyan Redhawks 3-0 on Sunday, September 23. The game remained scoreless until the 12th minute when Westerling rebounded her own shot and put the Pioneers ahead 1-0. The score would remain that way until the second half when senior midfielder Prudence Ryd¬strom scored to put LIU Post up by two. The Pioneers put their third and final goal on the board in the 66th minute off a header from Vistnes.
The Pioneers moved to 6-1-1 with the two wins. The next game is on the road against Nyack College on Wednesday, September 26, at 3:30 p.m.