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Houghton cruises past Point Park in AMC game

Sept. 19, 2009

CHESWICK, Pa. - Houghton shut out Point Park, 3-0, Saturday in an American Mideast Conference men's soccer match at Founders Field.

Point Park (0-6 overall, 0-3 AMC) and Houghton (4-4, 2-0) played even for the first 20 minutes before Daniel Smith scored his first of two goals to start the scoring for the Highlanders.

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Smith got his first tally on an unassisted goal in the 20th minute. The freshman from Nairobi, Kenya, gave Houghton a 2-0 lead nine minutes later. Zach Wise assisted on the play.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Steve Grudda made it 3-0 after taking a pass from Luke Sanford.

Point Park goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler/Butler) made seven saves in 90 minutes of action. O'Donnell did his best to keep the Pioneers in the game as he faced a barrage of shots. Houghton held a 27-2 advantage in shots, and hit the crossbar or post about a half a dozen times.

Point Park visits Pitt-Greensburg for a non-conference game Tuesday (5 p.m.). After Tuesday's game, the Pioneers will take a week off due to the Pittsburgh Summit before visiting Malone Sept. 29.

Point Park is closing its campus Sept. 23-26 due to the Summit, which will be held in Pittsburgh from Sept. 24-25. No athletic events or practices will be held while the campus is closed.