Schneckenreither scores early, late to give Point Park 2-1 AMC win over Walsh
Sept. 17, 2010
CHESWICK, Pa. – Freshman forward Manuel Schneckenreither scored early and late to lift the Point Park University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Walsh University in an American Mideast Conference game at Founders Field Friday night.
Schneckenreither (pictured) scored in the third minute to give Point Park (5-1 overall, 1-0 AMC) the early lead, a lead that the Pioneers held until the 79th minute when Jordan Semple put in the equalizer for Walsh (4-3, 0-2).
But Schneckenreither, a native of Austria, hammered home a rebound five minutes later to give Point Park the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute. The 5-7, freshman forward registered his third, two-goal game of the year and his second in a row. He scored twice in Point Park’s 3-0 win over Westminster Tuesday, and he now has a team-high seven goals and 14 points on the season.
Point Park continued its strong play, and the Pioneers are now 1-0 in conference play. Point Park was 0-8-1 in the AMC last year, and Friday’s win over Walsh snapped a streak of 12 conference games without a victory. The last time that the Pioneers won an AMC game was Oct. 11, 2008 when they shutout Malone, 2-0, at home.
The Pioneers improved to 3-0 at Founders Field. The only blemish on their schedule thus far was a 4-1 loss at non-conference Geneva Sept. 8.
Schneckenreither’s first goal came off a free kick from teammate Alex Sala (Weiler, Austria). From 20 yards out and to the right of the goal, Sala curved a low pass to the left of the wall and connected with Schneckenreither.
Point Park goalkeeper Zeke O’Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler) faced 13 shots and made seven saves. The only goal he gave up resulted after Walsh’s George Moga perfectly place a pass behind the Point Park defense and dropped it into a streaking Semple.
A few minutes later, Point Park put a shot on goal, and Schneckenreither capitalized on the rebound for the winning goal.
Walsh held a slight, 13-12 advantage in shots. The Cavaliers entered the game having given up one goal or less in five of their six games.
Point Park does not play for eight days. The Pioneers’ next game is Sept. 25 at Ohio Valley. Game time is 1 p.m.