Point Park shut out by unbeaten Houghton, 2-0, at Highmark Stadium
Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Jonty Loukes (8) goes up for a header versus Houghton's Paul Seddon Wednesday at Highmark Stadium. Photo by Evan Schall.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's soccer was the latest team to be shut out by unbeaten Houghton College, 2-0, on Wednesday in a non-conference game at Highmark Stadium. Houghton (6-0-1) won for the sixth time in a row and the fifth consecutive time by shutout.
Point Park (2-4-1, 0-0 KIAC) is a former NAIA American Mideast Conference rival of Houghton, which is now NCAA Division III. Point Park is now in its second year in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference because the AMC folded after the 2011-12 year.
But the teams went right back to the ways that they used to do battle in AMC play with the score staying 0-0 for an extended period of time before a goal or two decided things.
Point Park and Houghton were tied at 0-0 after a first half that featured a handful of good chances for both sides. But it was Houghton that finally broke through in the 70th minute when defender John Carpenter hammered in a free kick from 22 yards out and straight on from the cage.
It was another free kick in the 78th minute that gave the Highlanders the 2-0 lead. Carpenter took it from the right sideline and played it into the box. There Paul Seddon got a head on it before Logan Shaeffer found the back of the net on a header of his own.
Houghton had the bulk of the opportunities in the second half with a 10-4 advantage in shots the last 45 minutes. The Point Park defense turned away a number of good chances to keep the game scoreless. But the Highlanders drew a couple key fouls to set up their scoring plays.
Point Park gets right back into action Thursday (Sept. 26) with a non-conference game at Westminster (5 p.m.). The Pioneers have a big test coming up Sunday at NAIA No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) (5-1-1).