The Pioneer soccer team dominated play but couldn’t convert chances into goals and settled for a scoreless draw with visiting Bedford in an SEC matchup on Thursday.
After dropping their first two games of the season, including a tough 2-1 loss to Skyline Tuesday in a game they led 1-0, the Pioneers edged closer to the win column with the tie.
Pioneer played well throughout the game, showing nice patience with the ball and spreading the field. They just couldn’t finish the deal. There were times they needed one more pass for a quality shot and other times they should have taken the shot instead of forcing the pass. It’s growing pains, which eventually will also pass.
The Pioneers had several quality scoring chances in the second half.
At 22 minutes, freshman Isabel Keen made a terrific play and fired a shot off the post that was eventually cleared by the Kicking Mules.
At around the 8 minute mark, both junior Zoe Homyak and freshman Yuyuko Motoki created excellent scoring chances for themselves but couldn’t find the back of the net despite great efforts.
The lack of goals came as no surprise to coach Chris Coleman who called the offense a work in progress. But he sees plenty of talent on the field – it’s just a matter of putting the pieces in the right places and creating some chemistry.
“We are trying to find our identity,” Coleman said. “We’ve become a very defensive oriented team but have a lot of new players in the program. We knew going in that this was going to be a low scoring game, a 1-0 game or 2-0. We are not a prolific goal scoring team.
“We need to manufacture shots and manufacture goals. It’s not going to be pretty. In the Skyline game we led 1-0 but we only had taken one shot.”
Pioneer’s goal isn’t to create a ton of offense. Instead, it’s to play as organized and collectively as possible and use their strong defense to keep games close.
The Pioneers have a young team with six freshman seeing a lot of playing time along with three sophomores. They also have 10 seniors on the roster.
Pioneer faces a tough road trip next week with Saline on Tuesday, Huron on Thursday and Canton on Saturday.