Three second-half goals lift unbeaten Geneva past Point Park, 4-1
Sept. 8, 2010
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Point Park University’s bid to win four men’s soccer games in seven days fell short Wednesday with a 4-1, non-conference loss at Geneva.
Point Park (3-1) had opened its season Sept. 1 and picked up three victories over the last week, but NCAA Division III Geneva (2-0-1) scored three goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie.
Point Park had gotten off to a 3-0 record with wins versus Franciscan, at Thiel and at Pitt-Greensburg.
Wednesday’s game at Geneva was even in terms of shots as each team had 10, and Point Park had two more corner kicks than the host Golden Tornadoes. Still, it was Geneva that converted its opportunities, particularly late.
Geneva, which returns 10 starters from last year’s 15-win team, took a 1-0 lead on Jeb Nash’s goal in the 33rd minute. The 1-0 lead held up through halftime, but Point Park tied up early in the second stanza when sophomore midfielder Alex Sala (Weiler, Austria) scored in the 47th minute off a pass from Andres Escobar (Medellin, Colombia).
The Golden Tornadoes got the game-winning goal from Kenton Burckhart in the 64th minute, and they added goals in the 76th and 89th minute to set the final score as 4-1.
Geneva was able to survive 24 fouls, compared to just 10 on Point Park. The Pioneers held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks.
Point Park junior goalkeeper Zeke O’Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler) played all 90 minutes with three saves.
After playing four games in seven days, Point Park will have nearly a week off until its next game. The Pioneers welcome Westminster to Founders Field for a non-conference game Tuesday at 7 p.m. Point Park begins American Mideast Conference play Sept. 17 at home versus Walsh.