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KIAC Tournament Preview

No. 3 seed Point Park begins KIAC Tournament Nov. 2 vs. No. 6 Brescia (Ky.)

Nov. 1, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Junior midfielder Kari Kowalski and the Pioneers are the No. 3 seed in the KIAC Tournament. Photo by Evan Schall.


KIAC Women's Soccer Tournament Quarterfinals
Nov. 2, 2013 -- #6 Brescia (Ky.) (1-5 KIAC) at #3 Point Park (4-1-1 KIAC), 8:30 pm. ET  WATCH LIVE
Highmark Stadium, 510 Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15219. Admission: Free

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University is the No. 3 seed in the KIAC Women's Soccer Tournament Nov. 2-9. The No. 3-seed Pioneers (6-11-1, 4-1-1 KIAC) host No. 6 seed Brescia (Ky.) University (2-14, 1-5 KIAC) in the quartefinals Nov. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET at Highmark Stadium. Admission is Free.

The six-team, single-elimination KIAC Tournament continues through Nov. 9 with the champion receiving the KIAC's automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament beginning Nov. 23.

Point Park beat Brescia, 5-0, at home in the regular season Oct. 19 and will be looking to make it 2-0 versus the Bearcats this year to move on to the semifinals. The Point Park-Brescia winner will visit No. 2 seed Carlow University (9-6-1, 4-1-1 KIAC) Nov. 5 with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Highmark Stadium.

Point Park, which is in the postseason for the third year in a row, was tied for second place in the KIAC with Carlow. Point Park and Carlow tied their only regular-season matchup, 1-1 (2OT), and a tiebreaker gave the Celtices the No. 2 seed and the first-round bye over the Pioneers.

Asbury (Ky.) University (9-8, 6-0 KIAC) is the No. 1 seed and will await the winner of the other quarterfinal game with No. 5 Cincinnati Christian (4-13, 2-4 KIAC) at No. 4 Berea (Ky.) College (6-7, 3-3 KIAC).

Point Park's strength is a defense that gave up only three goals in its six KIAC games this year. But the Pioneers have had their struggles offensively at times with 22 goals for and 28 goals against in their 18 games on the season. Second-year head coach Maggie Kuhn has won 16 games at Point Park so far, and will be looking to add to that total with some playoff wins.

Leading scorers are sophomore M/F Leeza Tokarski with six goals and 14 points and senior M Emily Levier with four goals, four assists and 12 points. Junior M Kari Kowalski (3 goals) and junior F Megan Kuntz (2 goals) are next with seven points apiece.

Senior GK Mackenzie Pinto has started 13 of 18 games, and the starting job has been hers the second half of the season. Pinto has a 1.07 goals-against average. Other members of Point Park's strong defense are Angie Abel, Kayla Bentham, Amanda Mikolay and Paige Manning.

This is the second year in the KIAC for Point Park, and the Pioneers made it to the KIAC Tournament Finals last year where they lost to Carlow, 1-0, in overtime. Point Park was one game short of the NAIA national tournament in 2012 and will be looking to break through to nationals for the first time in 2013.

Point Park is 1-2 all time in the postseason. The Pioneers' women's soccer program is in just its ninth year of existence since being established in 2005. Point Park made the playoffs for the first time in 2011, their last year in the American Mideast Conference, and it lost in the first round to Houghton (N.Y.).

The Pioneers took the No. 2 seed in the 2012 KIAC Tournament and beat No. 3 Cincinnati Christian in the semifinal round. It was the first-ever postseason win for the program. Point Park met Carlow in the finals and lost, 1-0 (OT).

POINT PARK 5, BRESCIA 0 (Oct. 19, 2013)
The Pioneers beat Brescia (Ky.) at home Oct. 19 in the only regular-season meeting. The Pioneers led, 2-0, at the half and were in control throughout. Leeza Tokarski scored two goals, including the game-winner 7:00 into the game. Point Park dominated the shots, 24-5, and put 17 shots on goal. Brescia goalkeeper Cobie Harrison had a big day with 12 saves.

The Pioneers were 4-1-1 KIAC this year. Point Park started out 4-0-0 KIAC with home wins over Berea (Ky.) (3-0), Midway (Ky.) (2-0) and Brescia (Ky.) (5-0) and a thrilling, 2-1 (2OT) win at Cincinnati Christian. Point Park went winless in its last two KIAC games tying No. 2 seed Carlow, 1-1 (2OT) at home Oct. 22 and losing, 1-0, on a penalty kick at No. 1 seed Asbury (Ky.) Oct. 26.

Point Park home games in the KIAC Tournament will be broadcast live on the Point Park Sports Network, your home for Live & On-Demand Streaming Video of Pioneers athletics. WATCH LIVE

Point Park vs. Brescia will be played at Highmark Stadium, 510 Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15219. Admission is free for that game. Parking is $6-10 in the lots and garages adjacent to the stadium.

Nov. 2-9 at Higher Seeds
Nov. 2 -- Quarterfinals

#6 Brescia (Ky.) (1-5 KIAC) at #3 Point Park (4-1-1 KIAC), 8:30 p.m.  WATCH LIVE
#5 Cincinanti Christian (2-4 KIAC) at #4 Berea (Ky.) (3-3 KIAC), 2 p.m.
Nov. 5 -- Semifinals
#6 Brescia (Ky.)/#3 Point Park winner at #2 Carlow (4-1-1 KIAC), 7 p.m.
#5 Cincinnati Christian/#4 Berea (Ky.) winner at #1 Asbury (Ky.) (6-0 KIAC)
Nov. 9 -- Finals
at Highest Remaining Seed

Nov. 23 -- NAIA National Championship Opening Round (32 teams) at Campus Sites
Dec. 2-7 -- NAIA National Championship (16 teams) at Orange Beach, Ala.