NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After an action-packed month of games, matches, and competitions, all of the Pioneer athletic programs have experienced some ups and downs over the course of September. Either way, all teams will look to continue to strive for improvement on and off the field in the upcoming month as they push towards their goals of achieving regular and post season success. Here’s a recap of how each team has done in their opening month of the 2017 fall season.
Coming off a strong 2016 campaign, the boys’ soccer program hasn’t skipped a beat, winning five of their first seven games to open up the season. The highlight win of the season was on September 23, when the Pioneers topped rival Oratory 2-1 on a Saturday afternoon. A match-up with Roselle on Monday in the preliminary round of the Union County Tournament will be the team’s first taste of tournament play, as they look to advance to the first round in the event tomorrow.
After a slow start to the season, the Lady Pioneers have rattled off four wins in their past five games to carry lots of momentum into the month of October. After defeating arch-rival Governor Livingston 2-0 on a pair of first half goals scored by Riley Kinum and Caroline Zoufaly, New Providence looks to make it five out of six when they have a rematch against Union Catholic, a team they beat 1-0 a week ago.
The cross-country teams have been competitive and improving in the meets they have participated in this year, including the Battle at Ocean County Park and the Randolph XC Invitational, to name a few. At the Battle at Ocean County Park, the most notable times and finishes were the juniors, who finished in 7th place, with Matthew Sinning leading all Pioneer junior runners with a time of 17:37 in the 5,000-meter race. Their next meet take place Tuesday, October 3rd at Warinarco Park in Elizabeth.
The defending Group 1 champs look to repeat in 2017 after a month of tennis in the books. Despite a back-and-forth start that sees the Lady Pioneers with a record of 3-4, the squad will try and pick up their game in the second month of the season after just competing in the Union County Tournament, where they placed 4th. Seniors Kathly Ge and Steph Maluso lead the way for New Providence towards their push for consecutive group championships.
It was an exciting first month for the girls’ volleyball team, as they’ve accumulated a 4-4 record thus far. After the departure of some key seniors from last year’s team, Fran Kubati and Lydia Voss, among other players, have picked up the slack. The Lady Pioneers will try and raise their record over .500 with a win over Kent Place on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a tough opening month for the Pioneer football team, as they were unable to come away with any victories in their first four games. They will look to change their fortune in October, when new head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr. leads his team out to Roselle Friday night to take on the Rams, with a game at Lieder Field in a few weeks against Roselle Park on October 21, with kick-off scheduled for 1 pm.