Pioneers Get Ready for Playoffs

Drop Last Two Games


The Pioneers already knew they had a playoff game on Tuesday July 19, but to host that game meant that they had to catch GPS Portland in the standings.  The Pioneers had two chances and dropped both games, keeping them in second place.

On Friday, the Western Mass eight game unbeaten streak was snapped by FC Boston with a 2-1 final.  FC Boston, a new franchise, is anchored by ex New England Revolution star Andy Dorman. Boston struck quickly with two goals in the 21st and 24th minute.  The Pioneers looked listless, but kept on attacking.  Mauricio Coimbra was able to get the deficit down to one on an amazing strike in the 82nd minute, but Boston held on for the win.

Sunday saw the Pioneers travel to perennial powers GPS Portland. Portland was leading Western Mass in the division by one point, with the winner hosting a playoff game.  GPS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back, winning comfortably by 4-1 and becoming Northeast Division champions.

Western Mass finished up the regular season with a 7-4-3 record and now must travel to face the Mid Atlantic Division champions Reading United AC, located in Pennsylvania.  Reading finished the regular season with a 10-1-3 record.  This is the first time these franchises will be facing each other.  The last time the Pioneers made the playoffs was in 2008, when it competed in the USL Second Division.

“It is tough to drop two games when the division title was close, but the regular season is over” commented Pioneers head coach Federico Molinari.  “Now it is necessary to win each game or the season is done.  I’m not finished and the team isn’t.  Reading United is a great team and it will take a complete effort to get the result we want.” 

Lucas Wartella