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October 18, 2017

Pioneers Fight Back, Fall Just Short

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Trailing 3-0 in the 37th minute of its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match with league power Oakton, the Prairie State College women’s soccer team could have easily folded up its collective tent and played out the string.

That was not what the Pioneers were interested in doing, however.

Not by a long shot.

Despite the fact that the desired outcome ultimately did not occur, PSC fought to the end nonetheless, falling 3-2 in a hard-fought effort.

With the setback, the Pioneers closed out their regular season with an overall record of 5-7-2 with a 3-2-1 mark in conference action.

Oakton opened the scoring in the 26th minute and took a 2-0 lead seven minutes later.

The Owls stretched their lead to 3-0 with eight minutes to go in the opening half.

The Pioneers finally found the back of the net in the 39th when sophomore forward Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) took in a pass from freshman midfielder Alejandra Bolanos (Bishop Noll H.S., Ind.) and rifled it past the Oakton keeper for her fourth tally of the campaign.

PSC pulled to within a goal in the 65th when freshman midfielder Lysette Garcia (Munster H.S., Ind.) stretched the net after burying a penalty kick.

Prairie State fought hard for the remaining 25 minutes, peppering the Owls’ keeper with a series of well-struck shots to no avail.

The Pioneers will now begin preparation for the NJCAA Region IV Tournament which opens October 29 at a yet to be determined time and location.

 

October 13, 2017

Pioneers Pull to Within Win of .500 Following Victory Over Truman

CHICAGO, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore forward Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) scored in the 46th minute Friday, lifting the PSC women’s soccer team to a dramatic 1-0 victory over NJCAA Region IV foe Truman in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.

With the triumph, PSC moved to 5-6-2 on the campaign.

Gale recorded the lone goal of the match courtesy of an assist from Selena Esquivel (Bloom H.S.).

Freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) made four saves in the tilt.

The Pioneers will host Oakton on Wednesday (4 p.m.).

 

October 11, 2017

Pioneers Knock Off Elgin in Tight Road Match

ELGIN, Ill. --- Prairie State College women’s soccer team earned a big road victory Wednesday afternoon, knocking off Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Elgin 2-1.

With the triumph, PSC moved to 4-6-2 overall and 3-1-1 in league play.

PSC opened the scoring in the 15th minute when freshman forward Violeta Bravo (Bremen H.S.), notched her sixth goal of the campaign.

Freshman midfielder Paulina Gallardo (Bremen H.S.) made it a 2-0 contest 17 minutes later when she found the back of the net, courtesy of a Bravo assist.

Freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) made a pair of saves in the match.

The Pioneers will see action next on Wednesday when they square off against Oakton (4 p.m.) at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

 

October 5, 2017

Joliet Blanks Pioneers at Home

Alejandra Bolanos vs. JolietCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- While putting shots on the goal is certainly an important element to the game of soccer, burying shots into the back of it is what wins matches.

Thursday afternoon at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park, the Prairie State College women’s soccer team did plenty of the former, but not enough of the latter as Joliet downed PSC 4-0.

With the setback, PSC dropped to 3-6-2 on the campaign.

Prairie State equaled the Wolves’ scoring opportunities as each squad placed 10 shots on goal, but were unable to convert.

Paulina Gallardo vs. JolietThe PSC defense and freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) stood tall through the opening half, holding Joliet scoreless through the match’s first 45 minutes.

The Wolves tallied four times in the second stanza.

PSC will see action next on Wednesday when they travel to Elgin for an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference road date with the Spartans (4 p.m.).

 

October 1, 2017

Pioneers Fall to Kaskaskia at Home

Alondra PostranaCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s soccer team was hoping that the first match with the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park’s new scoreboard would make for plenty opportunities for the board’s operator to get some work in.

Unfortunately, that just was not the case as the Pioneers, despite another hard-fought effort, saw its unbeaten streak end at five Sunday following a 3-1 setback against Kaskaskia.Ashleigh Guerrero

With the loss, PSC saw its season mark fall to 3-5-2.

Ambrea GaleKaskaskia christened the new scoreboard in the 16th minute to take a 1-0 lead.

That advantaged was stretched to 2-0 in the 37th and 3-0 in the 78th..

The Pioneers broke the shutout in the 80th when freshman midfielder Lysette Garcia blasted home a penalty kick

PSC will see action next on Friday when they host Joliet (3 p.m.).

 

September 30, 2017

Bravo’s Late Dramatics Spark PSC Past Trinity

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Prairie State College freshman forward Violeta Bravo (Bremen H.S.) stepped up and delivered when her team needed her the most Saturday afternoon.

Bravo’s tally with 42 seconds remaining in regulation pushed the Pioneers past the Trinity Christian College JV in dramatic fashion, lifting PSC to a 2-1 triumph.

With the win, PSC improved to 3-4-2 overall.

Down 1-0 for the majority of the match, the Pioneers finally recorded the equalizer in the 80th minute when freshman midfielder Lysette Garcia (Munster H.S., Ind.) blasted a shot to the back of the net, courtesy of a strong pass off the foot of midfielder Cristina Silva (Instituto Antonio de Mendoza, Mexico).

PSC freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond, H.S., Ind.) made 10 saves in the match.

 

September 29, 2017

Pioneers Blank Lake County on Road

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. --- Prairie State College freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) would be hard-pressed to record an easier shutout in her career than the one she posted Wednesday afternoon.

The Pioneers’ net minder faced a grand total of zero shots in PSC’s 3-0 victory over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Lake County.

With the win, PSC moved to 2-4-2 overall and 2-1-1 in league play.

The Pioneers were aided by a two-goal effort from freshman midfielder Lysette Garcia (Munster H.S., Ind.) as the 5-foot-6 Garcia bookended PSC’s scoring with tallies in both the 50th and 80th minutes.

Freshman forward Violeta Bravo (Bremen H.S.) recorded PSC’s second goal in the 56th, courtesy of an assist by freshman midfielder Paulina Gallardo.

The Pioneers will see action next on Saturday as the face the Trinity Christian JV in Palos Heights (9 a.m.).

 

September 21, 2017

PSC Plays to a Draw at Waubonsee

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s soccer team fought through windy and adverse conditions to play Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee to a 1-1 draw Wednesday afternoon.

With the tie, the Pioneers moved their season record to 1-4-2 overall and 1-1-1 in league play.

Prairie State struck first in the 10th minutes when freshman midfielder Cristina Silva (Antonio de Mendoza H.S., Mexico), courtesy of a crisp pass by freshman forward Violeta Bravo (Bremen H.S.).

The Chiefs responded in the 40th minute as both squads went on to play a scoreless second half.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) made eight saves in the match.

The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Wednesday, September 27 when they face Skyway counterpart Lake County in Grayslake (4 p.m.).

 

September 16, 2017

Pioneers Play Calumet St. Joe’s to Draw

Bolanos vs St. JoeCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- With hot, humid conditions factoring heavily into the pace of play, the Prairie State College women’s soccer team knew full well Saturday that goals would be at a premium.

And they certainly were.

After 90 hard-fought and sweat-drenched minutes, the Pioneers walked off their home pitch with a 1-1 draw against Calumet College of St. Joseph’s firmly in their grasp.

With the tie, PSC pushed its overall record to 4-1-1.

Cal College struck first in the 26th minute to take a 1-0 lead and held that advantage through the intermission.

Garcia vs St. JoeThe Pioneers finally responded in the 70th when sophomore forward Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) blasted home a long goal to knot the score against the four-year varsity program.

Freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) recorded an admirable effort between the posts, making three saves.

The Pioneers will see action next on Wednesday when they travel to Sugar Grove for a road match against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee (4 p.m.).

 

September 13, 2017

Bravo’s “Hat Trick” Sparks Pioneers to Victory over Morton

Violeta Bravo vs. MortonCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Sometimes enough is enough.

On the heels of a tough-luck 3-2 setback to local rival South Suburban on Monday, as well as several other close encounters with victory throughout the early portion of the season, the Prairie State College women’s soccer team was determined Wednesday not to let another opportunity slip away.

So it didn’t.

Fueled by a three-goal effort from freshman forward Violeta Bravo (Bremen H.S.), the Pioneers locked down their first triumph of the 2017 campaign, downing Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Morton, 4-3 at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

With the win, Prairie State improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Morton drew first blood in the opening minute, taking advantage of a PSC defensive breakdown for a 1-0 lead.

Ambrea Gale vs. MortonThe Pioneers responded accordingly in the 13th however as sophomore forward Ambrea Gale (Rich South H.S.) headed a ball on a dead run past the Morton keeper to tie the match.

The 30th minute witnessed the beginning of the “Bravo Show” as the 5-foot-1 forward was in the perfect position to blast in a rebound, courtesy of a shot by freshman midfielder Paulina Gallardo (Bremen H.S.) for a 2-1 lead.

Bravo scored again in the 37th off an assist from freshman midfielder Alejandra Bolanos (Bishop Noll H.S., Ind.).

Bravo gave the Pioneers a 4-1 edge in the 56th when she gathered in a pass from Gale and rifled a bullet into the back of the net.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo (Hammond H.S., Ind.) put in a strong effort between the posts, stopping four shots.

The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Saturday when they play host to the Calumet College of St. Joseph’s junior varsity (11 a.m.).

 

September 11, 2017

Pioneers Strike First, Fall to Longtime Rival at Home

Aide Pastrana vs South Suburban CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s soccer team viewed its NJCAA Region IV match against South Suburban as the perfect opportunity to notch its first victory of the campaign.

And for the bulk of the tilt’s opening half, it looked as if that would occur.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs had just a little too much offensive firepower, downing the Pioneers 3-2 at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

With the setback, Prairie State fell to 0-4 on the slate.

Things were looking up for the Pioneers in the early going however, as PSC grabbed onto a 1-0 advantage when freshman defender Aide Pastrana (Shepard H.S.) fired off a shot that carried the South Suburban goalkeeper past the goal line in the 10th minute.

Gallardo vs South SuburbanThe Bulldogs responded with a tally in the 18th.

South Suburban recorded a pair of second-half markers in both the 61st and 70th to take a 3-1 lead.

The Pioneers cut the advantage to a goal in the 79th when freshman midfielder Paulina Gallardo (Bremen H.S.) ripped off a rocket via a free kick, and deposited it into the back of the net.

Prairie State will see action next on Wednesday when it hosts Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Morton (4 p.m.).

 

 

September 5, 2017

Pioneers Fall to Archrival in Tight Contest

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s soccer team, despite a strong showing, fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Moraine Valley, 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

With the setback, PSC fell to 0-3 on the young campaign and 0-1 in league play.

The Pioneers tallied their lone score of the match in the 73rd minute when freshman midfielder Cristina Silva accepted a quick pass off a give-and-go from freshman midfielder Paulina Gallardo, before lifting a high, lofting shot, which caught the top left corner of the net from 18 yards out.

Moraine Valley opened the scoring in the 30th and claimed a 2-0 lead with a tally in the 50th.

PSC found a strong opportunity to tie the tilt when freshman midfielder Selena Esquivel’s attempt narrowly missed the post inside of five minutes remaining in the contest.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Edna Calvillo made three stops in the match.

The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Monday when they face another longstanding rival in South Suburban at home (4 p.m.).

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