Two weeks ago, Alencar Junior was a player without a PDL squad.
Since joining the Western Mass Pioneers on Jun. 14, the former Hydra forward has scored five times, with his latest two strikes coming from a 2-1 win over the Vermont Voltage on Friday at Lusitano Stadium.
“Junior is on fire, scoring five goals over two games,” Pioneers coach Federico Molinari remarked after the game. “I’m happy with the defense, we cannot overlook Seacoast this Friday.”
The win puts Western Mass (4-1-2, 14 points) in a two-way tie for second place with Ottawa, while the Vermont (2-3-2, 8 points) loss keeps them in a fourth place along with CFC Azul.
Junior’s goals came in the 15th and 89th minutes to give the Pioneers their third straight win. Lucas Carvalho Cordeiro scored from the spot in the 53rd minute to put the clubs on level terms until the final moments.
The scoring commenced inside of 15 minutes when Junior converted a Tommaso D’Agostino pass and pushed it by Ben Perez to lift the Pioneers to an early lead.
Corderio equalized in the second half from the spot, and it appeared that a valuable road point for Vermont was sealed as the strike stood with stoppage time approaching.
But it wasn’t to be, as Junior used his trademark speed to blaze into the box and fire one through to send the home crowd happy.
The Pioneers return to action on Friday when they host Seacoast United Phantoms at 7:30pm. The Voltage resume play on Wednesday when they travel to Ottawa to face the Fury at 7pm at Algonquin College Soccer Complex.