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THREE PIONEERS GARNER POST-SEASON HONORS
Freshman forward Lucina Gonzalez (Bloom H.S.) along with freshman defender Guadalupe Mendez (Bloom H.S.) and sophomore defender Daniella Carbajal (Merrillville H.S., Ind.) all garnered post-season awards.
Gonzalez was selected to both the All-NJCAA Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference first teams while Mendez and Carbajal were both tabbed to the all-conference second squad.
Gonzalez, who’s 21 goals so far on the campaign have established a new PSC single–season record, tallied five times in conference play during the season.
Mendez and Carbajal both helped anchor the PSC defense and made significant plays in front of sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.).
Mendez recorded three goals and a pair of assists on the season (8 points) while Carbajal punched home two goals while ringing up six assists (10 points).
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PIONEERS AT THE NEXT LEVEL
October 22, 2011
The Pioneers (6-12) fought hard throughout, but were unable to take control of the contest against the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference champions.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) closed out a strong first year of collegiate competition with an 11-save effort.
Sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) was named to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference First Team.
Fellow sophomore forward Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.), freshman defender Guadalupe Mendez (Bloom H.S.) and freshman defender Daniella Carbajal (Merriville H.S., Ind.) were all selected to the all-conference second team.
Jimenez, a second-team pick in 2010 scored four goals in conference play with three coming in a 9-1 victory over Morton on Oct. 10. The 5-foot-1 Jimenez recorded 19 goals on the season. She also recorded four assists.
Heldt, who was also a second-team selection as a freshman, scored five goals in league action with four coming in the Morton match. She also recorded one assist.
For the season, Heldt ended the season with a team-high 20 goals. She is the first 20-goal scorer in PSC women’s soccer history.
Heldt is also PSC’s all-time goal-scoring leader with a program-best 36. Jimenez is second on that list with 32.
Mendez, who played strong defense all season long, scored three
times in conference action with two of her tallies coming against Oakton on Oct. 5. She also added one assist in conference matches.
Carbajal helped anchor the PSC defense while also finding time to deliver a pair of goals and an assist in league play.
Maggie Heldt recorded both her 19th and 20th goals of the season in Thursday's first-round playoff win.
The Pioneers overcame cold and blustery conditions to score a 3-1 NJCAA Region IV first round playoff victory over Daley in Chicago Heights.
The Pioneers (6-11) will now square off against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference champion Lake County, Saturday in Grayslake (noon).
With the win, the Pioneers also claimed their third straight match.
PSC received a pair of goals from sophomore forward Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.).
Heldt’s two scores made her the first 20-goal scorer in program history. She is also PSC’s all-time leading scorer with 36 career markers.
Heldt was in a giving mood early in the match as well as she found fellow sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) in the first minute with a crisp pass in front of the net which resulted in Jimenez’s 19th goal of the season.
Jimenez now has 32 collegiate goals.
Heldt notched her first score in the 10th minute when she accepted a pass from sophomore forward Katrina Moore (Bloom H.S.) and ripped it into the back of the net.
The Jimenez/Heldt tandem teamed up again in the 37th when Jimenez fed the ball through traffic to Heldt, who in turn beat the Bulldogs’ keeper.
Prairie State received another strong effort from freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S) who made two saves.
straight time Friday, besting local rival South Suburban 3-1 in a hard-fought road match.
Once again PSC (5-11) used the scoring tandem of sophomore forwards Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.) and Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.).
Both Jimenez and Heldt notched their team-leading 18th goals of the season in the match.
Jimenez gave PSC a 1-0 lead when she tallied in the 35th minute, courtesy of a crisp pass by Heldt.
The Bulldogs recorded the equalizer with just 20 seconds remaining in the opening half.
Freshman defender Guadalupe Mendez (Bloom H.S.) staked PSC to a 2-1 lead when she blasted a penalty kick into the back of the net in the 59th minute.
Heldt provided insurance with her score in the 73rd.
Prairie State freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made four saves.
October 10, 2011
That trend continued Monday as both players helped tow the Pioneers to their first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference victory of the year, a 9-1 triumph over Morton in Chicago Heights.
Heldt recorded four goals for the third time this season while Jimenez posted her third three-goal match of the campaign.
Both Heldt and Jimenez have 17 goals on the season.
Both players have four multiple-goal games this season.
Jimenez was also in a giving mood, passing out a trio of assists as well.
PSC trailed 1-0 early in the contest before Jimenez opened the flood gates with her first score in the 17th minute.
The Pioneers (4-11, 1-5) owned a 9-1 advantage at intermission.
In addition to Heldt and Jimenez’s performances, Prairie State also picked up goals from freshmen defenders Gaudalupe Mendez (Bloom H.S.) and Daniella Carbajal (Merriville H.S., Ind.).
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made two saves in the match.
October 8, 2011
That’s exactly what they did.
Despite ultimately dropping the contest 3-2 in Chicago Heights, it was once again sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) and sophomore forward Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.) who pulled PSC back into the match.
Despite the score, PSC (3-11) received another strong effort from freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.). The 5-foot-2 Martinez recorded her third 12-save match of the season and sixth contest of 10-plus stops.
Heldt accepted a pass from Jimenez and blasted into the goal in the 26th minute.
The Pioneers tied the match one minute later when Jimenez worked her way through a slew of Truman defenders to beat the keeper.
Jimenez now leads PSC with 14 goals and four assists on the season (32 points). Heldt has 13 goals and five assists (31 points).
October 5, 2011
PSC (3-10, 0-5) received a multiple-goal effort from freshman defender Guadalupe Mendez (Bloom H.S.).
Mendez’s tallies represented her first two scores of the season.
PSC trailed 4-0 when the 5-foot-3 Mendez put the Pioneers on the board when she teed up a direct free kick and lofted it on a high-arch, just over the outstretched hands of the Oakton goalkeeper in the 20th minute.
It was déjà vu all over again three minutes later when Mendez again launched a long direct free kick which caught the netting just the below the crossbar, cutting the lead to 4-2.
Unfortunately for PSC, Oakton came out looking to add to its two-goal lead and found early success, tallying in the 46th and 52nd minutes respectively.
The Raiders also scored in the 67th minute, making it a 7-2 game.
Sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) notched her team-leading 13th goal of the campaign in the 83rd. Fellow sophomore forward Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.) also tallied in the 69th courtesy of another direct free kick.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) stopped six shots in the match. Martinez now has cracked the century mark in saves on the season (102).
The Pioneers (3-9) hung tough throughout the first half and trailed 1-0 at intermission.
Freshman midfielder Jeanette Avila (Bloom H.S.) and freshman defender Daniella Carbajal (Merriville H.S., Ind.) both produced shots on goal that were turned away by Rochester’s goalkeeper.
PSC keeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made 12 saves of her own.
September 30, 2011
The Wolves tallied two of their goals on a pair of penalty kicks.
The Pioneers (3-8), trailed 1-0 at halftime.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made eight saves in the match.
September 28, 2011
The Pioneers (3-7, 0-4) fell behind 4-0 at halftime and were never able to recover.
Prairie State trailed 5-0 until the 65th minute when freshman forward Daniella Carbajal (Merriville H.S., Ind.) accepted a pass from sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) and blasted it through to the back of the net for PSC’s only score.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) played all 90 minutes of the match and made 10 saves.
September 24, 2011
Just to make sure that her scoring clinic of a year ago hadn’t been forgotten, Jimenez posted the second five-tally effort of her career Saturday in an 11-1 Prairie State victory over Truman in Chicago Heights.
The Pioneers (3-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and walked off their home field with a new-found confidence.
Jimenez found the back of the net three times in the first half and twice more in the second. She also added an assist.
Jimenez has now also taken over the team lead in goals with 12 on the season and is just one marker shy of tying her freshman-year total of 13.
Lost in the aftermath of Jimenez’s five goals was the four tallies scored by fellow sophomore forward Maggie Heldt’s (Crete-Monee H.S.) in the match.
Heldt, who also contributed an assist, now has 11 markers on the season.
While Jimenez and Heldt have handled the bulk of Prairie State’s offensive responsibilities this season, another strong scoring threat emerged in the person of freshman defender Daniella Carbajal (Merriville H.S., Ind.).
Carbajal, who had yet to score this season coming into Saturday’s action, notched her first two goals of the campaign. And, just for good measure, she threw in a trio of assists as well.
Carbajal opened the scoring with a short goal in the third minute.
PSC owned a 7-1 lead at halftime.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) was solid between the posts, making four saves.
September 19, 2011
The Pioneers (2-6, 0-3) fell behind 6-0 at halftime and were never able to find an offensive flow.
Prairie State did have several strong scoring opportunities however.
The Pioneers placed six shots on goal in the match.
Sophomore forwards Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) and Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.) both fired off well-struck shots which barely missed the net.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made seven stops in the match for the Pioneers.
September 15, 2011
The Pioneers (2-5) notched their lone goal in the 36th minute when sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) found the back of the net for her seventh goal of the campaign, courtesy of an assist by fellow sophomore forward Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.).
Both Jimenez and Heldt are now tied for the team lead with seven goals apiece.
Prairie State fell behind 8-1 at halftime.
The Pioneers employed the help of two goalkeepers in the match as freshman Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made eight saves and freshman Daniella Carbajal (Merrillville H.S., Ind.) secured six.
Both keepers played 45 minutes.
The Pioneers will be in action again on Monday when they host Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Elgin (4 p.m.).
September 12, 2011
The Pioneers (2-4) received their lone goal of the contest courtesy of sophomore forward Allie Jimenez’s (Beecher H.S.), seventh tally of the campaign. Jimenez’s marker came in the 60th minute and was made possible by an assist from sophomore midfielder Jessica Garcia (Bloom H.S.).
PSC trailed 4-0 when Jimenez found the back of the net.
Prairie State recorded the first three shots on goal in the match, but was unable to convert.
The Pioneers were down 4-0 at halftime.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made eight saves in the match.
Sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (left) scored three times in the Pioneers' 5-1 win over Daley on Saturday.
September 10, 2011
Saturday afternoon’s contest between the Pioneers and Daley proved to be another piece of evidence as to why this is true.
Jimenez recorded her first hat-trick of the season (three goals) and Heldt added another two as the Pioneers downed the Bulldogs 5-1.
For the second straight meeting between the two teams, the Pioneers were triumphant despite being short one player.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made five saves in the match.
Jimenez opened the scoring in the 21st minute when she received a clean pass from Heldt and buried into the back of the net.
The 5-foot-1 Jimenez would score again in the 36th minute courtesy of another assist from Heldt.
The Pioneers (2-3) went into the intermission up 2-1.
Jimenez scored for the third time in the 52nd minute, making it a 3-1 contest.
Heldt recorded her first goal in the 58th minute before closing the scoring in the 82nd minute, thanks to a well-threaded pass by Danielle Carbajal.
September 7, 2011
Unfortunately, that lack of offensive opportunities made it difficult for the Pioneers to keep pace with the Cyclones, resulting in a 4-0 PSC loss.
Prairie State (1-3, 0-2) saw its most formidable scoring chance fall short when sophomore midfielder Jessica Garcia’s (Bloom H.S.) well-struck shot rattled the crossbar.
Moraine Valley jumped out to a 2-0 halftime advantage.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) made 10 saves in the match.
The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Saturday when they host Daley College at the Pioneer Athletic Park (noon).
August 31, 2011
The Pioneers (1-2, 0-1), who dressed only nine players, fought hard but got off to a rough start, falling behind 8-0 by halftime.
PSC sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) put two shots on goal in the match, but was unable to convert on either.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Crete-Monee H.S.) made 10 saves.
After all, she did notch three of them during her freshman campaign.
Sunday afternoon, the 5-foot-8 Heldt added another standout performance to her already-stellar scoring ledger.
Heldt’s four markers helped propel the Pioneers to their first win of the season, an 8-0 triumph over Carl Sandburg.
Heldt, who found the back of the net 16 times in 2010, single-handedly gave the Pioneers a 4-0 halftime advantage.
“Maggie really received some nice passes,” first-year PSC head coach Agustin Herrera said. “Our passing was great all day and that really was the key to our success.”
All four of Heldt’s goals came in the match’s first 20 minutes.
Sophomore forward Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.), who tallied 13 times in 2010, also scored a goal and registered an assist.
Freshman midfielder Jeanette Avila (Bloom H.S.), (goal, assist) along with freshman midfielder Joy Fergerson (Rich South H.S.), (goal) also made major contributions.
Carl Sandburg also scored an own-goal in the contest.
After allowing six goals in her collegiate debut, freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.) responded in a big way, making two saves while earning both her first college win and shutout.
Walking onto the field against local foe South Suburban short two players, the Pioneers quickly fell behind 2-0 before rallying to tie the match.
And despite an eventual 6-2 loss, PSC’s nine combatants put forth a determined effort.
Prairie State (0-1) received goals from sophomore forwards Allie Jimenez (Beecher H.S.) and Maggie Heldt (Crete-Monee H.S.).
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Martinez (Bloom H.S.), performed well in her first collegiate game, considering the Pioneers’ situation.
The 5-foot-2 Martinez made 12 saves, several of which came courtesy of well-struck shots from point-blank range.
After surrendering a pair of tallies in the first 10 minutes of the match, Martinez and her defense settled down for the remainder of the opening half, allowing Jimenez and Heldt to go to work.
Jimenez found the back of the net with a short shot, following an assist from Heldt, in the 21st minute.
Freshman defender Daniella Carbajal (Merrillville H.S., Ind.) then hit Heldt with a crisp pass in the 41st minute. Heldt ripped a bullet past the South Suburban keeper to tie the game.
Playing short-handed eventually caught up with the Pioneers after the intermission as the Bulldogs notched four unanswered goals.