NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Literally and figuratively, it was a game that the Providence High girls' soccer team just couldn't lose.
Saturday morning's Liberty League opponent Oakwood was short-handed, fielding only seven players, presenting a golden opportunity for Providence to pick up some valuable league points and get closer to realizing its playoff aspirations.
The Pioneers took care of business, defeating the Gorillas, 2-0, at the Glendale Sports Complex.
"We needed the points to get into playoffs," Providence Coach Kordo Doski said. "As soon as we got the goals, we tried to make it as enjoyable a game for them."
The two goals came within 11 minutes of each other early in the first half. Lauren Markey put the Pioneers (5-5-2, 4-4-1 in league) on the board with six minutes elapsed.
Then, at the 17-minute mark, Liz Haven scored the insurance goal off a cross from Pateel Margossian, who passed the ball to the front of the net, where Haven put it in with her left foot.