“Road Warriors” Gain 6 Points

Host AC Connecticut Friday


The Pioneers visited two tough teams in one week and took away wins at both visits, keeping their team in first place in the division.  First on the list was new franchise FC Boston, whom has ex New England Revolution players Shalrie Joseph and Andy Dorman suiting up for them.  Western Mass walked away with a 2-1 win in a wild game that saw Dan Fabian and Chae Brangman score for Western Mass.

“A lot of our players know Joseph and Dorman from their time on the Revs” commented assistant coach Dennis Gomes. “I told our team don’t be in awe of them, play your game and be aggressive.  They put their boots on just like you, then after the game you can tell your friends you competed with them on the field.”

After that game there was no rest for Western Mass, who had to travel to Westchester, NY to face the Flames three days later.  It was a defensive clash that saw the Pioneers’ Chae Brangman score the winning goal in the 68’.  This is the first year at the Pioneers for Brangman, who hails from Jamaica and is attending Southern Connecticut State University.  Brangman is on a roll, scoring critical goals to keep the team winning.

“Brangman is a sneaky player, who often lulls the defense then strikes” stated head coach Federico Molinari. “He’s working hard in practice and it shows on the field.”

Western Mass starts a four game home stand, beginning with AC Connecticut this Friday, June 24, 7:30 PM at Lusitano Stadium.  AC Connecticut is in sixth place with a 2-3-2 record. The Pioneers beat AC Connecticut earlier in the season with a 2-1 road win.

“AC Connecticut is a well coached team that plays hard for 90 minutes” explains Molinari. “At the beginning of the year I would have said I would be happy to be in first place with five games left in the season.  Now, I am not happy, I am concerned about keeping our place.  We are gelling as a team and getting results, and that cannot stop.  Every team wants to beat us and take our spot.  We cannot get comfortable on the field, we have to press the attack and defend with all our heart.”

Friday’s game is also Williams Distributing night! They will be joined by 105.5 WEEI-Springfield and Budweiser! There will be prizes and giveaways, along with a sampling of the refreshing flavors of the Bud Light Rita family.

Neekoli Calderon