Point Park edged by Allegheny, 1-0, in non-conference soccer game
Sept. 12, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. ET
Alex Sala (7) battles against Allegheny's Cameron Olson (11) in Wednesday's game. Photo by Olivia DiYanni.
SOUTH PARK, Pa. -- In a very even game with good skill on both sides, Point Park University was edged by Allegheny College, 1-0, in a non-conference men's soccer game Wednesday night at Century United South Park Complex.
Allegheny (5-0, 0-0 Conf.) stayed unbeaten thanks to David Del Greco's goal in the 72nd minute that broke the scoreless tie. He ran under a lofted pass from Chris Brennan down the center of the 18 and rolled the ball inside the left post for the game's only tally.
Point Park (1-3, 1-0 KIAC) had a couple of chances to tie the score in the last 18 minutes but could not get one to go all night. The Pioneers had their best chances early as they were knocking on the door with at least five good chances in the first 20 minutes.The best chance of all was the post that Francis Tabi hit midway through the first half.
Both teams ended up with 12 shots. Eight of Point Park's were on goal, and Allegheny had six shots on target. Point Park was particularly accurate in the first half as five of their seven shots were on the mark, with one of the only misses being Tabi's post.
But Point Park did not have anything to show for it as the game remained scoreless. Allegheny's John Lichina picked up the shutout with eight saves in 90 minutes. Point Park keeper Mitchell Kelman, a junior from Frederick, Md., made five saves, and he made a few good saves to keep the game scoreless for so long.
Point Park made 14 fouls compared to 10 for Allegheny. Allegheny was whistled for just two fouls after halftime. Allegheny had five corners kicks and Point Park one.
A Point Park defensive unit that had been suspect at times in its earlier two losses held firm versus the NCAA Division III Gators and had only the one, late blemish. Allegheny entered the game with a strong showing having outscored their opponents 10-1 in their first four games.
The Pioneers had a couple of welcomed additions to their starting lineup as center defender Filippo Martinuzzi started for the first time. He has been battling a leg injury all year, but has played 30 minutes each of the last two games. Also, midfielder Jonty Loukes started in the center midfield after being made eligible for the first time. He had missed every game while the NAIA Eligibility Center examined his record. But he was finally given the go-ahead with no reason for concern.
Point Park has a couple of key KIAC games coming up this weekend. The Pioneers visit preseason KIAC favorite Asbury Friday at 6 p.m. (ET) and also visit Brescia on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT).
The game versus Asbury will have live streaming video courtesy of Asbury and the iHigh Network. Visit this link to watch the game live: WATCH LIVE