HAMMOND, Ind. -- The PNW Fall Sports Festival kicked off the 2019-2020 athletics seasons with style. Soccer, tennis, softball, and baseball were all competing at the same time at Dowling Park, putting on a fantastic event for fans, friends, and members of the community.
“This is such an amazing event and I’m so happy to see so many people from the community come out and support the Pride,” said Director of Athletics Rick Costello. “Today was a virtual black and gold bananza! I can’t wait to see where these athletes take the season!”
The PNW Women’s soccer team took on the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds, falling short in a 4-1 defeat. The Pride came out strong with Reanna Soto (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville)scoring the first goal of the season. Soto continued to lead the time by taking two of the Pride’s six shots on goal during the match. The Pride will return to action on Wednesday, September 11 when they hit the road to take on the Lewis University Flyers.
The PNW Men’s soccer program faced off against Truman State in their own home opener, battling their way through ninety minutes of play to an ultimate defeat with a final score of 2-1 against the Bulldogs. Leading the charge through the first half with a 1-0 lead, the Pride were unable to hold off the Bulldogs’ advance. PNW’s goal came at the hands of #12 Matthew Bahena (Alsip, Ill./Eisenhower)with an assist from #20 Jules Cailliau (Koksijde, Belgium/Atheneum Veurne). The Pride will take the field again on Monday, September 9 as they take on Illinois-Springfield.
Pride Women’s Tennis was on the court, taking on Judson University, starting off their 2019 season with a victory, winning two of the three doubles matches and five of the six singles. PNW will be at home at Dowling Park Saturday, September 14 when they start conference play against Wayne State.
PNW Baseball squared off in a fall season exhibition against South Suburban Community College, where the Pride took a win in front of the Fall Fest crowd. Softball welcomed Danville Area Community College for their own fall season exhibition, sweeping the double header on Saturday afternoon.
PNW Athletics is excited for the upcoming 2019-2020 seasons and thanks everone at the university and the community for making the 2019 Fall Sports Festival such a success!