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.