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Chris Roswess Returns To Pioneers For PDL Season

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Chris Roswess will join the Western Mass Pioneers for a third season as announced by the club on Monday. A native of West Springfield, Mass., Roswess was a senior for the Minutemen in the fall and played in 73 games during his career.


Wednesday night's Premier Development League match between the Western Mass. Pioneers and the Vermont Voltage was suspended because of lightning and will be made up at a date and time to be determined. 

The game was stopped in the 27th minute, the game scoreless at the time. Team officials and the referee decided the field was playable after the first couple of heavy downpours, but the game started 30 minutes late. 

It was quickly stopped in the 27th minute when flashes of lightning came a little too close for comfort. 

As for the U.S. Open Cup, which the Pioneers qualified for when they defeated MPS Portland 1-0 Friday, Western Mass. has been matched up against FC New York of the United Soccer Leagues Pro League. 

The game will be played at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., June 14. 

The Western Mass Pioneers will host the Vermont Voltage tonight at Lusitano Stadium. The Pioneers are coming off a win at Portland, 1-0, thanks to a Chris Roswess goal. The win gave the PDL squad a berth in the U.S. Open Cup.

Along with Roswess, UMass standouts Bryant Craft, Andrew Henshaw and Tyler Cleverdon are members of the Pioneers this summer.

LUDLOW - West Springfield's Chris Roswess scored in the 71st minute and the Western Mass. Pioneers earned a 1-0 win over the Portland Phoenix Friday night to claim one of the nine U.S. Open Cup berths from the Premier Development League.

Roswess, who plays at the University of Massachusetts, came on in the second half and provided the Pioneers a spark in the offensive third. After scoring he then gave the Lusitano Stadium faithful a show with an acrobatic flip in celebration.

"I just got a ball into my feet from Tommy (McNamara) and turned,'' Roswess said. "I didn't even look at the net really, just struck it and it went bottom corner.''


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Western Mass Pioneers Force Draw With Vermont

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The Western Mass Pioneers forced a 0-0 draw with the Vermont Voltage last night. They will host the Portland Phoenix on Friday with a chance for a spot in the U.S. Open Cup.

UMass' Tyler Cleverdon, Bryant Craft, Chris Roswess, and Andrew Henshaw all play for the Pioneers of the Premier Development League.
The Western Mass Pioneers (2-0) will return to action tonight at 7 PM as they head to the Vermont Voltage at St. Albans.

The Pioneers feature UMass products Bryant Craft, Tyler Cleverdon, Andrew Henshaw and Chris Roswess.

The game will not have an impact on the Premier Development League standings, but a win would make them 3-0 in Open Cup qualifying setting up Friday's match against Portland to determine which team advance to the U.S. Open Cup.
Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican previews the start of the Premier Development League and the Western Mass Pioneers. UMass men's soccer standouts Andrew Henshaw and Chris Roswess will both play for the PDL team this season.

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