Point Park drops season finale to Wheeling Jesuit in non-conference game
Oct. 31, 2009
CHESWICK, Pa. -- The Point Park men's soccer team dropped its season finale to Wheeling Jesuit, 2-0, Saturday at Founders Field.
Wheeling Jesuit (11-5-3 overall, 6-2-2 WVIAC), which will begin the WVIAC playoffs this week, scored a goal late in the first half to start the scoring and then stretched its lead to 2-0 with a tally early in the second half.
The Cardinals got on the board in the 44th minute on a strike by Sam Bauman. In the 52nd minute, Wheeling Jesuit made it a two-goal game with Dominic Welsh's goal.
Wheeling Jesuit held a 26-6 advantage in shots, and it has 18 shots in the first half.
Point Park goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler/Butler) made 12 of his 16 saves in the first half. The sophomore goalie made several excellent stops to keep the game scoreless the first 44 minutes.
O'Donnell will likely finish among the NAIA leaders in total saves. He was ranked third in the nation in last week's NAIA rankings, which are releaed every Monday.
O'Donnell made 150 saves this season, a figure that leads the American Mideast Conference. He played every minute of every game as Point Park's goalkeeper.
The Pioneers finished their season with an overall record of 1-15-1 and an 0-8-1 showing in the AMC. Point Park does not have a senior on its roster, which suffered through an injury-plagued season.
Note: Point Park's Tim Giangarlo was credited with an assist in Monday's 2-1 loss to Geneva. Giangarlo set up Julian Trustedt's goal, which made the score 1-1 in the second half.
Pictured above, Point Park's Tim Giangarlo makes a slide tackle during Saturday's game versus Wheeling Jesuit. Photo by Jack Megaw.