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NAIA No. 3 Notre Dame (OH) escapes Point Park with 1-0, overtime victory

Oct. 30, 2010

CHESWICK, Pa. -- Notre Dame (OH) College, the No. 3 team in NAIA men's soccer, escaped its trip to Point Park University with a 1-0, overtime victory in an American Mideast Conference game at Founders Field Saturday.

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The Falcons completed a perfect, 17-0 record in the regular season when Tom Owens scored the game's only goal in the 92nd minute. Notre Dame finished its AMC schedule at 8-0.

Pictured: Zeke O'Donnell made 10 saves for Point Park Saturday

Point Park narrowly missed its chance at an upset of the unbeaten and untied Falcons and finished its season 8-9 overall and 2-6 in the AMC. Of the Pioneers' six AMC losses, four came by a one-goal margin and three were in overtime. Point Park was 0-3 this year in OT games with other losses to Malone and Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

The eight victories for Point Park this year represent the third-most in school history. The Pioneers just missed reaching their first winning record since 1998 when they were 12-5. The second-most wins came in 1996 when Point Park was 9-6.

Notre Dame entered Saturday's game as one of five unbeaten teams in the NAIA, and it outscored its opponents, 70-6, this season.

Until the Falcons scored the game-winner 1:31 into the first overtime, Point Park had put forth a great effort to keep the high-scoring team off the scoreboard.

Junior goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell, a native of Butler, Pa., finished the game with 10 saves, and he went the distance. He made several outstanding stops to keep the game even, and he made eight saves in a very busy first half.

Notre Dame held a 26-10 advantage in shots, but the Point Park defense withstood the disparity. Time and again, the Pioneers' defense turned away passes into the box and shots toward the goal.

Point Park managed five shots on goal, and leading scorer Manuel Schneckenreither from Austria had the most chances with three shots on target.