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Pioneers Climb Back into Win Column With Triumph Over Scott [September 11, 2014]

It didn’t take long for the Prairie State College men’s soccer team to find its way back into the win column.

The Pioneers climbed their way back to the .500 mark following a convincing 5-2 triumph Thursday over Scott (Iowa) at Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights.

With the win, PSC improved its overall record to 3-3 on the campaign, despite windy and unseasonably-cool conditions.

The Pioneers didn’t waste much time in jumping on the scoreboard first, capitalizing on an unfortunate occurrence from Scott’s standpoint as an “own-goal” was tallied in the 12th minute.

Sophomore midfielder Josh Horne (Newcastle-Under-Lyme H.S., England) made it a 2-0 affair 10 minutes later when he rifled a well-struck penalty-kick attempt into the back of the net.

Midfielder Carlos Gallardo (Sterling H.S.) got himself in on the scoring act in the 42nd minute when he accepted a long pass from Horne and beat the Scott goalkeeper for a 3-0 edge.

Just three minutes into the second period, sophomore forward Mamadou Ba (United Township H.S.) tallied a marker of his own, courtesy of an assist off the foot of freshman midfielder Allen Sanchez (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).

Freshman midfielder Luka Milcic (Civil Engineering School, Serbia) capped off PSC’s offensive output for the day in the 77th when he teamed up with freshman forward Bryan Leon (Kelly H.S.).

PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.) made two saves in the match.

The Pioneers will see action again on Tuesday when they host Lake County at Bloom (4 p.m.).

 

Morton Clips Pioneers in Road Match [September 9, 2014]

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Jose Maya stopped five shots
Tuesday night.

CICERO, Ill. --- The rivalry between Prairie State College and Morton and has become one of the most competitive and intense when it comes to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference men’s soccer in recent years.

That fact didn’t change following the 2014 edition of the contest on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Pioneers the end results did not turn out in their favor.

PSC dropped a heart-breaker to the Panthers, 1-0 in Cicero.

With the setback, the Pioneers fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Both teams played their way to a scoreless draw at the break.

Morton tallied the lone goal of the match in the 69th minute.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.) made five saves in the tilt.

The Pioneers will see their next action on Thursday when they host Scott Community College (Iowa) at Bloom High School (2 p.m.).

 

Pioneers Suffer Unexpected Setback Against Sandburg [September 6, 2014]

KANKAKEE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team took to the pitch Saturday afternoon for its match against NJCAA Region IV counterpart Carl Sandburg primed and ready to post a second straight win.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

The Chargers handed the Pioneers a stunning 3-1 setback at Kankakee Community College.

The loss dropped Prairie State’s overall record to 2-2.

Carl Sandburg struck first in the 17th minute, taking a 1-0 lead.

The Pioneers answered right back just 29 seconds later when all-region sophomore midfielder Mamadou Ba (United Township H.S.) headed a cross from freshman forward Alejandro Mendez (Bremen H.S.).

Both teams went into the intermission deadlocked at 1.

Sandburg tallied the go-ahead marker in the 61st and added an insurance goal in the 71st.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Maya (Kely H.S.) made five saves in the tilt.

The Pioneers will take the field next on Tuesday when they open Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play against league foe Morton in Cicero (4 p.m.).

 

Mendez Delivers a Pair as PSC Rolls Past McHenry [September 4, 2014]

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Alejandro Mendez scored twice in
PSC's 3-1 win over MeHenry Thursday
afternoon.

Prairie State College freshman forward Alejandro Mendez (Bremen H.S.) wasn’t happy with the fact that his team was trailing Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart McHenry 1-0 at halftime Thursday afternoon.

So, he did something about it.

The 5-foot-10, 169-pound Mendez tallied a pair of second-half goals, lifting the Pioneers to a 3-1 victory at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights. The match was the league-opener for both teams.

The win was especially important to PSC (2-1, 1-0) considering that it represented a “six-point victory”, meaning that the Pioneers gained three points (the point total for a win) in both the Skyway standings and in the NJCAA Region IV.

“I think we were a little tentative early on today,” PSC head coach David Spataru said. “The wind and the weather were a big factor in the first half.

“We played a strong second half however and this was a good win for the kids, a six-point win, so that’s always a good thing.”

McHenry opened up the scoring in the 37th minute when a shot got over the outstretched hands of PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.), (2 saves).

The Pioneers struck back in the 53rd when Mendez posted his first goal of the campaign, thanks to an assist by freshman forward Bryan Leon (Kelly H.S.).

Mendez made his presence felt again eight minutes later when he delivered his second score and the go-ahead marker of the match, courtesy of a helper from freshman forward Roger Rizzi (Luiza Santin H.S., Brazil).

Leon capped off the Pioneers’ offensive outburst in the 88th when Colin McLaughlin (Andrew H.S.) chipped in an assist.

PSC will see action again on Saturday when it takes to the pitch against Carl Sandburg at Kankakee Community College (3 p.m.).

 

Horne Strikes Late as PSC Downs Joliet [August 29, 2014]

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Josh Horne tallied the game--winning
goal against Joliet Friday afternoon.

JOLIET, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team appeared to be headed for a second straight overtime match Friday afternoon in its NJCAA Region IV clash with local foe Joliet.

Thankfully for the Pioneers, sophomore midfielder Josh Horne didn’t allow that to happen.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Horne buried a clutch penalty-kick tally in the 89th minute, hoisting the Pioneers to a 2-1 triumph over the Wolves in Joliet.

Horne’s dramatic marker was made possible when freshman forward Alejandro Mendez (Bremen H.S.) was brought down in the box.

Prairie State dropped its season-opener August 26, following a 3-2 overtime loss to Ancilla.

Friday's tilt endured a 65-minute delay due to lightning and overall poor weather conditions.

The Pioneers (1-1) opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when all-region sophomore forward Mamadou Ba (United Township H.S.), courtesy of an assist by freshman forward Alejandro Mendez (Bremen H.S.).

Joliet tied the match in the 65th minute.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.) went the distance between the posts and recorded three saves.

The Pioneers will take the pitch next on Thursday when they host Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart McHenry at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights.

 

Pioneers Drop Heart-Breaker in Season-Opener [August 26, 2014]

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Bryan Leon registered a game-tying
goal against Ancilla Tuesday afternoon.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. --- Heading into an overtime period with a two-man advantage will always give the team in that position an extra boost of confidence.

The Prairie State College men’s soccer team certainly felt this way Tuesday afternoon, as it entered the extra-session of its season-opening, non-conference match at Ancilla.

Unfortunately for PSC, that advantage didn’t turn out in the Pioneers' favor.

Ancilla tallied on a penalty kick just 45 seconds into the overtime, handing Prairie State a heart-wrenching 3-2 loss.

What made the setback especially tough was the fact that PSC freshman goal keeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.) had made the initial stop on the penalty kick attempt. Unfortunately, Maya was whistled for crossing the line before the ball was struck. The Chargers then capitalized on their second attempt, putting an abrupt end to the contest.

The Pioneers (0-1) opened the scoring in the 35th minute when freshman midfielder Luka Milcic (Civil Engineering School, Serbia) blasted an unassisted attempt into the far side of the goal.

Ancilla stormed back to take a 2-1 lead, registering markers in the 40th and 45th minutes respectively.

The Pioneers tied the match in the 62nd when freshman midfielder Colin McLaughlin (Andrew H.S.) crossed a ball to freshman Bryan Leon (Kelly H.S.). The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Leon then buried a shot into the corner of the net.

PSC recorded 10 shots on goal in the tilt.

Maya turned away a quartet of Ancilla shots.

The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Friday when they travel to Joliet for a road date with the Wolves (4 p.m.).

 

2014 Men's Soccer Letters of Intent Signees

The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and soccer careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:

  • Carlos Gallardo (Sterling H.S.)
  • Jesus Villicana (Bremen H.S.)
  • Roger Rizzi (E.E.B. Professora Luiza Santin H.S., Brazil)
  • Luka Milcic (Civil Engineering H.S., Serbia)
  • Allen Sanchez (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.)
  • Harold Pulido (Carver Military Academy)
  • Omar Reyan-Farje (Shepard H.S.)