Point Park University men's soccer shuts out Ohio Valley to improve to 6-1
Sept. 25, 2010
VIENNA, W.Va. -- The Point Park University men's soccer team improved its record to 6-1 with Saturday's 3-0, non-conference shut out win at Ohio Valley University.
Point Park, which is under the direction of fourth-year coach Jeroen Walstra, tied a season-best with its third win in a row. The Pioneers also accomplished that feat earlier this year when they started the season 3-0.
Point Park wasted little time sprinting to an early, 2-0 lead. The Pioneers scored two goals the first 11 minutes, and Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana) got things started with his sixth goal of the year just 5:48 into the game. Manuel Schneckenreither (Feldkirch, Austria) picked up an assist on the play.
Junior co-captain Shane Lucas (West Homestead/Steel Valley) registered his first goal of the year on a header at the 11:17 mark. The goal was set up by defender Andres Escobar, a native of Colombia who is in his first year at Point Park after starting for two years at Lincoln (Ill.) College.
After cruising to a 2-0 lead into halftime, Schneckenreither buried his team-leading, eighth goal of the year 10 minutes into the second stanza. Tabi assisted on the goal as Point Park took a 3-0 lead.
Junior goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler) played 87 minutes, and he did not give up a goal while facing 11 shots. O'Donnell combined on the shutout with freshman Mitchell Kelman (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), who played the final few minutes. It was the second shutout in the past three games for the Pioneers.
Ohio Valley, a member of NCAA Division II and the WVIAC, held a slight advantage in shots at 16-15. Ohio Valley held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks, but its record still dropped to 2-5-1.
Point Park will take its 1-0 American Mideast Conference record into Tuesday's AMC home game versus Malone. Game time at Founders Field is 7 p.m.