By Bruce Ruttenberg
It was a busy week for the Pioneer field hockey as the Pioneers begin to prepare for the upcoming playoffs.
On Thursday, Pioneer traveled to East Grand Rapids to take on the EGR Pioneers and returned home with a solid 5-0 win.
At 25:39, Pioneer senior Sam Kass started the scoring with an assist from senior Andie Tappenden to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. At 17:54, senior Anna Muckstadt scored off a penalty corner from junior Serena Brimacombe to push the lead to 2-0.
At 12:29 in the first half, senior Rachel Ruttenberg stole the ball off the East Grand Rapids defense and took a quick shot that netted a goal and 3-0 lead the visitors took into halftime.
With 4:43 left in the game, Tappenden scored off a pass from Ruttenberg to make it 4-0. And with 2:43 left in the game, sophomore Maika Brooks put it in the net with a pass from Ruttenberg.
Pioneer had 16 penalty corners and East Grand Rapids had none.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Hartland Eagles traveled to Pioneer’s Hollway field. Pioneer scored an easy 9-0 win over the Eagles.
At 25:25 in the first half, the Pioneer scoring started with Tappenden. At 25:04, junior Serena Brimacombe netted a quick score for a 2-0 lead.
Pioneer’s third goal by Muckstadt with an assist from Brimacombe made it 3-0.
Freshman Zoe Bormet put the ball in the net with a pass from Kass and then at 14:23 in the first half, junior Chloe Sapp scored to cap the first-half scoring with Pioneer leading 5-0.
Second half scoring started with Brimacombe scoring with a pass from Muckstadt. At 25:59 in the second half, senior Andie Tappenden scored to make it 7-0.
At 15:20, Sapp netted her second goal of the night and with 5:21 left in the game, Brooks sent a pass to junior Tess Gompper, who made it 9-0.
On Monday, Oct. 8, the Pioneers scored an impressive 2-1 win over Saline at Pioneer.
The game included a practice overtime, a practice shoot out, and a running clock in preparation for state playoffs later in the month.
Saline netted their first goal off of a corner midway through the first half.
In the second half, Pioneer earned two consecutive penalty corners with Ruttenberg putting the ball in the goal for a tie score at 1-1.
At 5:50 in the second half, a breakaway 2 on 2 led to a Pioneer goal from Muckstadt with an assist from Brimacombe to give the hosts a 2-1 win.