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September 20, 2018

Duda Sets the Pace as PSC Rolls Past Kankakee

By Chris Kuchta

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After Tuesday’s disappointing setback against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Elgin, Prairie State College men’s soccer coach, Carlos Reyes, decided to make some wholesale changes to his formation.

Those adjustments paid off.

Reyes’ alterations helped produce a 2-0 victory over NJCAA Region IV counterpart Kankakee Thursday at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

With the win, the Pioneers improved their overall record to 4-6.

Of all of Reyes’ lineup changes, the one that paid the most immediate dividends was the decision to move freshman defender Adrian Duda (Reavis H.S.) from defense to striker.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Duda made an immediate impact, nearly scoring twice in the matches’ opening minutes before finally finding the back of the net in the 21st minute.

Duda’s tally came courtesy of a great pass off the foot of sophomore midfielder Raymond Giang, which Duda corralled and ripped past the Cavaliers’ goalkeeper.

The Pioneers held the 1-0 advantage at halftime.

Giang gave PSC a 2-0 lead in the 80th when he blasted home a free kick.

The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Saturday when they take on Truman in a noon contest in Chicago Heights.

 

September 13, 2018

Lopez Tallies Twice, But PSC Falls in Heart-Breaking Fashion

By Chris Kuchta

DESPLAINES, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team came about as close to forcing an overtime as any team could Thursday afternoon, surrendering a goal with just 45 seconds remaining in the contest against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Oakton.

PSC was unable to mount a successful attack during the final seconds and fell to the Owls 3-2.

With the setback, PSC fell to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Prairie State wasted a two-goal effort by Alejandro Lopez.

Oakton took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute before the Pioneers answered when Lopez tallied in the 30th

Lopez broke the draw in the 53rd with a score before the Owls found the back of the net in the 56th.

The Pioneers will now travel to Donaldson, Indiana for a road date against Ancilla (noon).

 

September 4, 2018

PSC Holds on to Down Sandburg at Home

By Chris Kuchta

Adrian Dude vs. SansgburgCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team rebounded nicely from an unexpectedly-lopsided 6-1 setback against local foe Moraine Valley Saturday with a solid 3-2 triumph over Carl Sandburg Tuesday afternoon at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

With the win, PSC evened its season record to 2-2 overall.

The Pioneers jumped on the scoreboard first when Alejandro Lopez accepted a feed from Andres Osorio and rifled it into the back of the net in the 20th minute.

The Pioneers stretched their lead to 2-0 when Jesus Julian Alvarez put the finishing touches on a pair of crisp, accurate touch passes by Ricardo Silva-Torres and Lopez in the 21st.

Oluwasegun Ajala vs. SandburgCarl Sandburg broke the shutout in the 50th.

Prairie State took a 3-1 lead in the 70th when Mario Morales tallied.

The two-goal advantage was short-lived however as the Chargers retaliated just one minute later.

PSC played air-tight defense the rest of the way, fending off several Carl Sandburg attacks.

PSC freshman goal keeper Jesus Lozano was strong between the posts, turning away five shots.

 

 August 30, 2018

Pioneers Unexpectedly Fall to Ancient Rival Moraine Valley

By Chris Kuchta

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- On the heels of a commanding 8-0 triumph over Kennedy-King on Saturday, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team was riding high and feeling good about itself heading into its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener against longtime foe Moraine Valley.

Unfortunately for the Pioneers however, the match didn’t quite go as planned. 

The Cyclones (2-0) delivered an unexpected blow to the Pioneers, dropping them 6-1 at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

The loss moved Prairie State’s overall record to 1-2 with an 0-1 mark in league play.

Moraine Valley raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead after tallying a trio of markers during the first 26 minutes of the match.

The Cyclones stretched their lead to 5-0 in the 68th minute before sophomore midfielder Raymond Giang blasted home a penalty kick score to break the shutout in the 75th.

Prairie State freshman goalkeeper Jesus Lozano made four saves between the posts.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they take on Carl Sandburg at home (4 p.m.).

 

August 25, 2018

PSC Bounces Back, Shuts Out Kennedy-King

By Chris Kuchta
Coordinator of Sports Information

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After being kept off the scoreboard in its season-opener Wednesday against local foe South Suburban, the Prairie State College men’s soccer team knew its offensive capabilities were much more potent than what it showed against the Bulldogs.

Unfortunately for Kennedy-King, it was on the receiving end of the scoring barrage that the Pioneers delivered Saturday afternoon at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

PSC moved to 1-1 on the young campaign following an 8-0 victory over the Statesmen.

Prairie State wasted little time in setting the tone for the match, striking first as defender Juan Ruiz ripped an unassisted rocket to the back of the net in the tenth minute.

Midfielder Alejandro Lopez made it 2-0 with an unassisted tally three minutes later.

Jesus Julian Alvarez made it 3-0 in the 18th when he accepted a crisp pass off the foot of sophomore midfielder Raymond Giang.

Forward Mario Morales, courtesy of an assist by Romulo Dorea, pushed PSC’s lead to 4-0 in the 29th.

Andres Osorio closed out the Pioneers first-half scoring with a tally in the 37th.

Adrian Duda hauled in a pass from Giang in the 47th a headed into in the back of the net in the 47th before Daniel Esau Castillo punched home PSC’s last two tallies in the 53rd and 65th minutes, respectively.

The Pioneers will now take on Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Moraine Valley Thursday afternoon in Chicago Heights (4 p.m.).

 

August 22, 2018

Pioneers Fight Hard, Fall to South Suburban in Season-Opener

By Chris Kuchta
Coordinator of Sports Information

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- When it comes to the game of soccer, all the scoreboard cares about is which team converted more scoring opportunities.

Unfortunately for the Prairie State College men’s soccer team, that squad was South Suburban Wednesday afternoon in the two team’s season opener at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

The Bulldogs (1-0) upended the Pioneers 2-0 in a hard-fought, gritty match played in front of one of the largest crowds for a PSC home soccer game in recent memory.

The Pioneers outshot their NJCAA Region IV counterparts 9-6 and had several solid scoring opportunities throughout the tilt.

PSC freshman goalkeeper Jesus Lozano turned in a solid effort between the posts, making four saves.

The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Saturday when they square off against Kennedy-King at noon at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.