BY NATE ORBE
The men’s soccer team is on an absolute tear this season with a 7 – 2 record overall and a 1-1 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
A mix of experience and new players has given the team an aggressive offense and an impenetrable defense that until its 1-2 loss to Rowan University on Saturday had scored 23 unanswered goals.
Dante Petrocelli, a senior, is a starting midfielder and a crucial player in the team’s offense scoring four goals in the season so far. He praised his team for its cohesive effort.
“Our offense isn’t focused on just one player, said Petrocelli. “Everyone is scoring and this year we’re really playing cohesively as a team and it’s the best thing that could have happened.”
The 28 overall goals the team scored this season are nicely spread out between forwards, midfielders, and defenders. Sophomore Cameron Allen leads with six goals as a forward, while three goals came from the defensive third.
Charlie Lizardo, a junior, is a key figure in this season’s defense. Towering at 6’ 2,” he is part of the defensive third that had not allowed a goal in six games until Saturday.
“Everyone in our back line has some experience,” said Lizardo. “Experience more than anything is what sets us apart from other sides. We play together every day so we know what we’re doing.”
The Pioneers have nine games left in the regular season and hope to break their record of 14 wins in a season.
“It’s going to be a tough rest of the season but we have to go in confidently and try our best,” said Petrocelli. “We’re a very possessive team. If we can score first and hold the ball we have an amazing defense to back us up.”
The Pioneer’s next home game is on Sept. 30 against New Jersey City University.