September 19, 2017
Pioneers Down McHenry in Solid Road Win
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team got itself back on a winning track Tuesday afternoon, downing a tough McHenry squad 3-0 in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference affair.
With the triumph, PSC moved to 6-4 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
The Pioneers opened the scoring in the fourth minute when freshman midfielder Jose Segoviano (Bloom H.S.) blasted home a tally, courtesy of an assist by sophomore midfielder Gael Terrazas (Bolingbrook H.S.).
The Pioneers took a 2-0 lead in the 71st when freshman midfielder Raymond Giang (Glendale Academy, Canada) rifled a shot past the Scots’ keeper thanks in part to the first of two assists off the foot of sophomore midfielder Erick Carrasco (Carver H.S.).
Sophomore defender Osvaldo Sanchez (Bloom H.S.) closed the scoring in the 75th when he took in another strong pass from Carrasco and buried it into the net.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Rafael Alvarado (T.F. North H.S.) (4 saves) earned the shutout between the posts.
The Pioneers will hit the pitch next on Saturday against Kennedy-King in Chicago (12 p.m.).
September 15, 2017
Pioneers Fight to the End, Fall to DuPage on Road
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. --- Prairie State College men’s soccer coach Carlos Reyes knew full well that when it comes to beating a high-quality opponent such as traditional NJCAA Region IV power DuPage, the match can come down to which squad makes the fewest mistakes.
Unfortunately, for the Pioneers, who despite an all-out effort, fell just short of claiming the victory over the Chaparrals
The Pioneers (5-4) were upended 3-2 in a game played under the lights in DuPage’s football stadium.
“This was easily the best team we’ve faced all year,” Reyes said afterward. “We played a competitive match and the guys played their hearts out and I’m proud of that.
“The outcome of a match like todays is usually based on who makes the fewest mistakes. Unfortunately, we made the one mistake that killed it for us.”
Both squads played the bulk of the match with the score knotted at 2-2 before DuPage broke the deadlock with 12 minutes to go.
The Pioneers held a 2-1 advantage throughout the bulk of the game thanks to a pair of goals by sophomore Erick Carrasco.
Carrasco tied the match at 1-all with his first tally in the 12th minute.
Then, after swiping the ball off a defender’s foot, Carrasco rocketed a ball from the sideline and buried it into the back of the net in the 20th, giving PSC a 2-1 lead.
The Chaparrals took the lead with 12 minutes to play.
Prairie State had saw solid scoring chances down the stretch, hitting the post twice.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Rafael Alvarado made five saves in the match.
PSC will see action next on Tuesday when it squares off against McHenry in Crystal Lake (4 p.m.).
September 12, 2017
Pioneers Get Back on Track Following Win Over Elgin
ELGIN, Ill. --- After sustaining a collective gut punch Saturday in a wrenching 4-3 loss to Sandburg, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team could not wait to get back on the pitch and take its frustration out on its next opponent.
Tuesday afternoon, the Pioneers did just that, taking down Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Elgin, 5-1 for a well-earned road triumph.
With the win, PSC moved to 5-3 on the campaign and 2-1 in league play.
The Pioneers opened the scoring in the 38th minute when sophomore midfielder Andres Hernandez rifled home a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore midfielder Erick Carrasco made it a 2-0 game in the 42nd, courtesy of an assist off the foot of sophomore defender Osvaldo Sanchez.
Carrasco found sophomore forward Gael Terrazas in the 47th with a crisp pass for a 3-0 advantage.
Jose Alejandro Segoviano found the back of the net in the 60th before freshman Jose Bogarin buried a penalty kick of his own in the 75th.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Salgado played well between the posts, registering four saves.
The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they travel to Glen Ellyn for a date with NJCAA Region IV force DuPage (4 p.m.).
September 9, 2017
PSC Suffers Heart-Wrenching Setback at Sandburg
GALESBURG, Ill. --- With complete ownership of a 3-1 advantage through 86 minutes of play Saturday, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team, needless to say, was feeling good about its collective self as it closed out the final five minutes of play against NJCAA Region IV opponent Sandburg.
Unfortunately for PSC, soccer’s equivalency of a natural disaster hit the Pioneers over the course of the contest’s final four minutes, as Sandburg tallied a pair of quick scores to force overtime and eventually down head coach Carlos Reyes’ squad in devastating fashion.
With the setback, PSC dropped to 4-3 on the campaign.
PSC picked up goals from freshman Jose Alejandro Segoviano, sophomore Gael Terrazas and freshman Erick Carrasco in the match.
The Pioneers will hit the pitch next on Tuesday when they travel to Elgin for an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference road date with the Spartans.
September 7, 2017
Pioneers Down Oakton for Big Skyway Win
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After stumbling over one of its biggest hurdles on the path to an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship last Thursday in Waubonsee, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team made certain that it wouldn’t fall against its latest challenge.
And it didn’t.
The Pioneers pushed their season record to 4-2 and 1-1 in league play Thursday, following a hard-fought and scrappy 3-1 triumph over traditional Skyway power Oakton at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.
The victory marked the second consecutive meeting that PSC had taken down its fierce rival from Des Plaines.
PSC received another strong performance from freshman goalkeeper Jose Guilermo Salgado, who made six saves in the match, several of them at pointblank range.
The Pioneers opened the scoring in the second minute when freshman midfielder Jose Bogarin took in a pass from fellow freshman midfielder Pedro Galvao and deposited it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just one minute later, sophomore midfielder Andres Hernandez chipped a shot past the Oakton keeper as PSC took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
The Pioneers grabbed hold of a 3-0 edge in the 55th when freshman defender Juan Ruiz got loose on a breakaway and slipped behind the Oakton keeper for a score.
The Owls tallied in the 63rd.
PSC will now hit the road for a road tilt against NJCAA Region IV foe Sandburg on Saturday in Galesburg (1 p.m.).
September 5, 2017
Pioneers Get Back on Track Following Win Over Daley
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After falling 4-3 in overtime to longstanding rival Waubonsee on Thursday, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team was eager to get back onto the pitch and compete again.
Head coach Carlos Reyes’ team showed that eagerness Tuesday when it manufactured a five-goal attack to down City College of Chicago foe Daley 5-0 at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.
With the triumph, Prairie State moved to 3-2 on the campaign.
PSC employed the help of a pair of own goals to help secure the win. In all, the Pioneers put 13 shots on goal to the Bulldogs’ two.
Freshman goalkeeper Jose Guillermo Salgado (2 saves) earned his first collegiate shutout between the posts.
Both squads battled throughout the opening half before Prairie State opened the scoring in the 39th minute as freshman forward Raymond Giang ripped a penalty kick attempt into the back of the net.
Freshman midfielder Michael Matthew Johnson made it a 2-0 lead in the 44th when he corralled a pass from Jose Alejandro Segoviano and blasted it home.
PSC was credited with own goals in both the 64th and 75th.
Sophomore forward Gael Terrazas pushed the score to 4-0 in the 65th when he recorded a penalty kick tally of his own.
The Pioneers will square off next against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton in Chicago Heights on Thursday (4 p.m.).
August 31, 2017
Waubonsee Downs PSC at Home in Heart-Wrenching Fashion
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team knew that its first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match of the season would a big one, to say the least.
And for nearly 80 minutes, it looked as if the Pioneers would knock off one of the leagues traditional powers in convincing fashion.
Unfortunately for PSC, a pair of devastating red cards allowed traditional Skyway force Waubonsee to take down the Pioneers 4-3 in overtime at the Pioneers Sports and Recreation Park in Chicago Heights.
Because of the two red cards, the Prairie State was forced to play with just nine players for the remainder of the match
With the setback, Prairie State dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in league play. The match was also the home opener for head coach Carlos Reyes’ squad.
PSC opened the scoring in the 15th minute when freshman forward Erick Carrasco converted a penalty kick with a bullet into the back of the net.
The Chiefs tallied the equalizer in the 19th before PSC took a 2-1 advantage in the 36th, courtesy of an own-goal
A well-placed shot into the north goal by freshman midfielder Pedro Galvao gave the Pioneers a seemingly comfortable 3-1 edge.
After the aforementioned cards were distributed inside of 12 minutes, the Chiefs took control of the match quickly, burying shots in the 82nd and 88th to knot the tilt. Waubonsee recorded the “Golden Goal’ in the 94th.
The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Tuesday when they square off against City Colleges of Chicago opponent Daley in Chicago Heights (4 p.m.).
August 22, 2017
Pioneers Open Season with Setback Against Rival
SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. --- Despite holding a 1-0 halftime lead, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team was unable to close out one of its most formidable rivals Tuesday afternoon.
Longtime foe South Suburban tallied a pair of second-half markers en route to a 2-1 triumph over the Pioneers in South Holland.
The Pioneers (0-1) put themselves in position to tie the match on several occasions throughout the 90-minute skirmish, but were unable to convert.
“We had our opportunities, we just couldn’t capitalize,” PSC head coach Carlos Reyes said. “We know we have the talent to be a great team this year, we just have to keep working and put this one behind us.”
The Pioneers opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when PSC sophomore forward Gael Terrazas (Bolingbrook H.S.) rifled a penalty kick into the back of the net.
South Suburban tallied in both the 63rd and 66th to claim the match.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Rafael Alvarado made six saves.
The Pioneers will see action next on Friday when they travel to Chicago for a road date against Truman (4 p.m.).
October 21, 2016
Pioneers Step Up to Help Family in Need
In the midst of one of its most successful seasons to date, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team recently took time out from its preparation for its NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinal match to lend a helping hand to a local family in need.
The family, which has two members who suffer from the debilitating disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), has fallen on hard times in recent months, finding themselves very much in need of some extra assistance.
This is where PSC head coach Carlos Reyes and the Pioneers stepped in.
Reyes brought his 20-man team out to the family’s home with the intent of easing some of its burden by doing a little house cleaning.
“Giving is the most rewarding thing one can do in life,” Reyes said. “For this particular family, just living itself is an accomplishment each and every day. With this particular family that we helped, they do not presently have enough time to do house chores. Our team’s main purpose of this visit was to essentially clean and straighten up the house for them.”
Presenting his team as a positive force in the community has been a focal point of the program’s direction since Reyes took over the squad’s reigns in 2015.
“Community service projects such as this one are one of the things that have contributed to our success on the field this year.” Reyes said.
DMD affects roughly one in every 3,500 newborns worldwide.
The condition causes muscle weakness and eventual paralysis. There currently is no cure.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family at: https://www.gofundme.com/ayuda-a-dani-y-gera-zambrano-2tpg6f8?ssid=781585993&pos=1
The Pioneers saw their season come to a close Saturday afternoon when they fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Morton 2-1 in that quarterfinal match. PSC finished the 2016 campaign with an overall record of 15-4.