BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Voltage have yet to find a win in the 2014 USL PDL season, and the going gets no easier for the Voltage as the team prepares to host the Western Mass Pioneers today at Applejack Field in Manchester.
The Voltage (0-9-3) enter today's contest after a 1-1 draw with GPS Maine, but in order to keep any of the momentum going from last Saturday the Voltage have to take down the No. 3 team in the Northeast Division of the PDL, the Pioneers (7-4-1).
The Pioneers are led by forward Alencar Junior, who has scored 13 goals in just eight games this season for Western Mass. The one bit of good news for the Voltage is that Junior did not play in the Pioneers' last game against Seacoast United, and did not play in the two games prior.
William Daniels is the next leading scorer for the Pioneers, tallying four goals so far this season. Three other Pioneers have two goals each on the season.
And while the Pioneers enter the contest sitting in third in the division, the team is just 1-4 over its last five games, with the only win coming last Sunday against CFC Azul.
The last time these teams met was on June 7 at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. The Pioneers won the game 3-0 with a goal from Junior and two from James Beeston. Ovan Oakley and Stefan Milicevic both had two shots for the Voltage in the loss, while goalie Andrew Thomas Coughlin stopped eight shots.
Finding goals will be the key on Wednesday, as the Voltage have only managed to score seven so far this season.
One of Kay's assists came last week as the Voltage drew with GPS Portland. Down 1-0, Kay laid a ball off to midfielder Adrian Saldana, who rifled home a shot from about 40 yards out to bring the game level.
The issue on Saturday was the same for the Voltage, though -- finding another goal.
The Voltage had 16 shots in the game but only forced two saves out of Lee Johnston. The team also had five corner kicks, but could not score from the set pieces.
Defensively, the Voltage were stout as they allowed only six shots on goal, with Coughlin stopping five of them.
Prior to the draw with GPS Portland, the Voltage fell in two straight to Seacoast United and the Montreal Impact U-23 team. Their last positive result was on June 21 against Real Boston, when the teams drew 2-2.
Today's game will start at 6 p.m. The game is the third of five being played at Applejack this season, with games against the Southern Vermont All-Stars (July 30) and East Coast United Serbs (August 16) still to come.