By Bruce Ruttenberg
The Pioneer field hockey team is on a mission to regain the state title and remained on course with an impressive 5-0 win over visiting Detroit Country Day.
Both Pioneer and Huron won their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday to advance to the Division 1 semifinals where they will square off against each with a state finals championship game appearance on the line. Thursday’s semifinal match-ups at Saline features No. 3 Pioneer vs. No. 2 Huron at 4:30 p.m. followed by No. 5 Dexter vs. No. 1 Saline at 7 p.m.
The Pioneers got rolling quickly in their game against Country Day at Hollway Field.
At 27:38 in the first half, Pioneer senior Anna Muckstadt scored the first goal with an assist from senior Hazel Magoon to make it 1-0. Just a few minutes later, at 24:20, junior Serena Brimacombe scored on a Pioneer penalty corner.
The half ended on a Pioneer penalty corner with senior Andie Tappanden scoring with an assist from Brimacombe to push the lead to 3-0.
The second half scoring started at 27:18 with senior Sam Kass scoring with a pass from Tappenden to make it 4-0. The final goal of the game was scored by senior Cora Newman with a pass from Tappenden.
Pioneer had seven penalty corners and Detroit Country Day had one.
Pioneer advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-0 win over Mercy on Oct. 18.