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Week in Review: Point Park Men's Soccer completes KIAC schedule with 4-0 record

News & Notes from Point Park Men's Soccer Oct. 1-8

Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Romida Nanko (11), Francis Tabi (8) and Alex Sala (7) celebrate a goal. Photo by Olivia DiYanni.



PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer team took the good with the bad last week but overall came out very positively when the week was all said and done.

Although the week included a disappointing, 3-0, loss at Salem International on Friday night, not even that could dampen the fact that the Pioneers improved their first-place record to a perfect 4-0 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with Saturday's 9-1 rout of Cincinnati Christian at home.

The game versus Cincinnati Christian was Point Park's fourth-and-final KIAC game on its schedule. With their conference schedule complete, the Pioneers have a 2.5-game lead over the nearest competitor in the league standings.

Point Park has four regular season games remaining, all of which are in non-conference play. The Pioneers' next game is Oct. 16 at Houghton (7 p.m.).

The win over Cincinnati Christian (1-7, 0-2 KIAC) included a 4-0 halftime lead for Point Park. The Pioneers capped off things with five more goals in the second half and had six different players scored a goal. Matt Annecchiarico led the way with four goals.

The loss at non-conference Salem International (5-3) on Friday featured three goals by the host team in the second half. The game was scoreless until the Tigers struck first in the 60th minute. SIU also added goals in the 70th and 85th minutes and held a 15-11 edge in shots overall.

Point Park used its bench more liberally than usual at Salem International because it had a KIAC home game less than 24 hours later. With priority on the KIAC game, the Pioneers were able to come out victorious in second game of back to back games scheduled.

Point Park's week started with a nice win in non-conference play at Wittenberg (5-5-2). Point Park fell behind, 1-0, in the first five minutes but won 4-2 thanks to Francis Tabi's hat trick. Tabi had two goals the first 45 minutes to stake Point Park to a 3-2 lead at the break.

Point Park could not be in a better position in the KIAC -- Point Park is an undefeated 4-0 in conference play with no games remaining. And, with each of the other four teams all having at least one loss, the Pioneers cannot be caught in the standings.

The postseason picture includes something called the GCAC/KIAC Unaffiliated Group. The five-member KIAC falls short of the required six teams needed for an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament, so the league has partnered with the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to form an Unaffiliated Group that will qualify one team to nationals.

There is only one school in the GCAC that plays men's soccer -- Talladega (Ala.). Nonetheless, Talladega provides a sixth team and an automatic, national bid. Talladega (Ala.) is 8-4 on the year.

All five teams from the KIAC and Talladega of the GCAC will qualify for the Unaffiliated Group tournament in a six-team, single-elimination tournament. The tournament will be held Nov. 6, 8 and 10 with each game being hosted by the higher of the two seeds involved in the game. Criteria for seeding will be announced on this site when it is made available.