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WM Pioneers at Boston Bolts: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 8:00pm


Hot Start

The Pioneers have come out of the gates blazing, managing two wins and a draw in the opening three matches of the USL League 2 season. With 7 points. WM holds third place in the table only behind GPS Portland Phoenix and Black Rock FC who each have 9 points, the former across five matches and the latter across three matches.


Scouting the Bolts

While we hold the third spot in the Table, the Boston Bolts hold the sixth spot, trailing by 6 points. Our opponent this week has managed two losses and a draw to open the season with their losses coming against GPS (0-1) and Black Rock (3-4) and their draw coming in the season opener against Westchester Flames (1-1). The Bolts’ attack is led by the pairing of John Doran and Frantz Pierrot who have paced the group with two goals each. While they may have us outmatched in production up top thus far, Federico Gutierrez and the Pioneers’ defensive unit have remained strong, yet to concede unlike the Bolts who have conceded a goal each contest and five in total.


Our Past Results

Our results last season against the Bolts hopefully do not represent our 2019 campaign. A 1-1 draw at Lusitano and a 2-1 defeat at Boston saw us come out of our two matches with the Bolts with just one of the six possible points. We look to change the course of these results and continue our strong start of this season.


What’s Next?

The Pioneers continue on the road at Westchester when they play the Flames on June 1st in New York at 7:30pm. Following the two-game road trip, there will be another home game at Lusitano when we host Black Rock FC June 5th at 7:00pm.

 

 

WM Pioneers at Westchester Flames: Saturday, June 1, 2019 7:30pm

Hot Start

The Pioneers have come out of the gates blazing, managing two wins and a draw in the opening three matches of the USL League 2 season. With 7 points. WM holds third place in the table only behind GPS Portland Phoenix and Black Rock FC who each have 9 points, the former across five matches and the latter across three matches.


Scouting the Flames

While we hold the third spot in the Table, the Flames sit right behind us in fourth with two points through two games. They have matched up with the Boston Bolts (1-1) and AC Connecticut (1-1). Their first two games have been at home and they have performed decently, but they are coming off a road trip to Boston to match up with the Bolts again. Ali Dawha and Rintaro Ishiguro have been the two goalscorers for the flames while Matthew Vowinkel has provided the lone assist of the season. While they haven’t been attacking powerhouses, they have been strong in the back as well with goalkeeper Michael Kennedy getting the nod in the first two games. In 180 minutes, Kennedy has made 6 saves, seeing his Save Percentage stand at the .750 mark.


Our Past Results

The Flames got the best of us last year with them picking up a 2-0 win against the Pioneers at home and a 1-1 draw when they came to Lusitano. Khalid Rose was the only goalscorer for WM last season when these two teams met up so hopefully, he can continue to be a driving force up top and get on the board again to change our luck in this matchup.

What’s Next?


Following the two-game road trip, there will be another home game at Lusitano when we host Black Rock FC June 5th at 7:00pm. A short trip back to Lusitano is followed by another road trip, this time up to Portland, Maine where we will meet with GPS Portland Phoenix again. Kickoff for the GPS game will be at 6:00pm on Sunday, June 9th.


Jeremy Fricker