Pioneers Tie First Game on Road

Travel to Long Island Next


The Western Mass Pioneers kicked off the 2016 Premier Development League (PDL) season with a 1-1 tie at longtime rivals the Seacoast Phantoms.

On a chilly night, the Pioneers controlled much of the game but went into halftime with a 0-0 tie. After the break, Western Mass continued dominance, seeing forward Chris Roswess scoring in the 55th minute with the assist by Maxi Viera. This woke up Seacoast, which started attacking at a furious pace with 20 minutes left into the game. Ex Pioneers player Alencar Junior scored for the Phantoms with a high shot that beat goalkeeper Nick Zucco. Junior almost tallied the winner with 7 minutes left, but the shot went off the crossbar.

“I’m happy with the result” commented Pioneers head coach Federico Molinari. “I see improvements that we need, but to get a point at a tough opponent is critical.”


he next game will not be easier for Western Mass. They travel to face the Long Island Rough Riders. Last season, Long Island played in the Mid Atlantic Division, and finished in the top three with an 8-3-3 record. The Rough Riders started their season with a 2-0 win against the Westchester Flames.

he Pioneers home opener will be Sunday, May 22, 4 PM vs. FA Euro. Lusitano Stadium will also be unveiling the famous Eusébio statue at this game, more details will be forthcoming.

Maxi Viera