Point Park Unversity's 2011 men's soccer scheduled announced
July 19, 2011
Point Park men's soccer will play two home matches at Cupples Stadium in 2011.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer 2011 schedule has been announced, and the Pioneers have 17 games set for this upcoming season. Point Park will begin its season Sept. 2-3 at the Marietta Classic hosted by Marietta College.
Point Park will play nine of its 17 games at home. The Pioneers' main home venue is Founders Field in Cheswick, Pa., which will serve as the site for seven of the team's nine home matches.
Of special note this year is that Point Park will host two games at nearby Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Cupples Stadium is located just a few miles from Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh campus. Founders Field is located 30 minutes from the school.
Point Park will play at Cupples Stadium on Friday, Sept. 30 versus Houghton and Friday, Oct. 28 versus Roberts Wesleyan. Both of those games kickoff at 12 p.m. and are the second part of a women's and men's doubleheader.
The Pioneers will open the season Sept. 2-3 with a pair of good tests at the Marietta Classic. They open up with the host team Sept. 2 and then play Wooster Sept. 3.
Point Park makes its home opener in the next contest, which is set for Sept. 6 versus Pitt-Greensburg (6 p.m.).
The Pioneers will play an eight-game American Mideast Conference schedule. The AMC has seen its men's soccer membership go from nine schools last year to just five in 2011. That leaves each team to play the other four schools in the league in a home-and-home format for a total of eight AMC games.
Point Park's AMC opponents this year are Fisher (MA) College, Houghton (NY) College, Roberts Wesleyan (NY) College and Daemen (NY) College. Fisher is a new AMC member this year, and it is located in Boston, Mass. Point Park's games versus Fisher will both be played at Point Park Sept. 24-25 instead of the home-and-home series as is the case with other schools.
Gone from AMC men's soccer is Notre Dame (OH), a perennial NAIA national contender, as well as Cedarville, Malone, Mt. Vernon Nazarene and Walsh. Although it is not eligible for AMC or NAIA postseason, Walsh has on its schedule a home and away match with each remaining AMC team. Walsh can compete for an AMC regular season title, but is not eligible for the playoffs. Point Park hosts Walsh Sept. 14 visits the Cavaliers Oct. 18.
Point Park's non-conference schedule includes two games at the Marietta Classic, single games versus Pitt-Greensburg, Westminster and Mount Union as well as matchups versus NCAA DII schools Salem International and Ohio Valley.