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Point Park men even record with 2-1 victory at NAIA non-conference Mountain State

Oct. 25, 2010

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Point Park University evened its record at 8-8 with Monday’s 2-1 victory at Mountain State in an NAIA, non-conference men’s soccer game.

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The Pioneers (8-8, 2-5 AMC) got goals from Austrian natives Manuel Schneckenreither and Alex Sala and now have a chance to turn in the program’s first winning season since 1998 if they can stay above .500 over the season’s final week. Point Park has enjoyed a big turnaround over last year's 1-15-1 record.

The victory snaps a five-game losing streak for the Pioneers, who had started the season as winners of six of their first seven games.

Point Park’s next game is at home to unbeaten and NAIA No. 3 Notre Dame (OH) on Saturday. There is a chance that the Pioneers will play a make-up game versus La Roche in the following week, but that depends if the Redhawks make their conference playoffs.

If the game versus La Roche, which was postponed Sept. 28, cannot be played, then the season finale will be Saturday versus Notre Dame (OH).

Mountain State, which beat Point Park at home, 3-0, in 2009, came into Monday’s game as a 10-win team. But the Cougars fell to 10-5-2 with the loss. They are 2-1-1 in the NAIA Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Schneckenreither, a freshman forward, got the scoring started for Point Park by putting in his team-leading, 11th goal of the year.

Sala, a sophomore midfielder, took advantage of a couple of red cards on Mountain State by scoring the game-winner off a second-half penalty kick. It was the fourth goal of the year for Sala, who also has five assists.

Notre Dame (OH) is 16-0 on the year and 7-0 in the AMC. The Falcons stayed perfect by edging AMC foe Roberts Wesleyan, 1-0, in overtime Saturday.

La Roche is in playoff contention entering its regular-season finale Tuesday versus Penn State-Altoona. The Redhawks are 4-12-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the AMCC.

Point Park’s last winning season came in 1998 when it was 12-5. The only other winning season was 1996 when the Pioneers were 9-6.