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Point Park improves to 3-0 with non-conference victory at Pitt-Greensburg

Sept. 4, 2010

GREENSBURG – The Point University men’s soccer team improved to 3-0 with Saturday’s 4-1, non-conference victory at Pitt-Greensburg.


PICTURED ABOVE: Point Park defender Anthony Russo gets the ball out of the Pioneers' end during Thursday's game at Thiel. Submitted photo by Linda Oman.

The Pioneers led Pitt-Greensburg, 3-0, at halftime on their way to winning for the third time in four days. The Point Park offense is averaging 5.3 goals per game and already has scored twice as many goals (16) as it did all of last year (8).

Point Park was 1-15-1 a year ago, and this year they are 3-0 for the first time under fourth-year coach Jeroen Walstra. 

Leading scorer Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana), a sophomore forward, picked up his fourth goal of the season in the 10th minute versus Pitt-Greensburg (0-2). Tabi has 10 points in three games.

Two minutes later, freshman forward Manuel Schneckenreither, a native of Austria, got his third goal of the year to make it 2-0. Alex Sala (Weiler, Austria) and Miguel Alvarez (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) each assisted on the play.

Alvarez, a junior midfielder, made it 3-0 at halftime after scoring on a feed from fellow midfielder Sala in the 30th minute.

Ninety seconds into the second half, Sala scored an unassisted goal for a 4-0 lead. The Pioneers kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the first 79 minutes until Sam Kuhn got an unassisted goal.

Point Park controlled the game, especially in the first half with a 10-1 advantage in shots. The Pioneers had a 16-3 shot advantage overall, and 11 of their shots were on goal.

Junior goalkeeper Zeke O’Donnell (Butler/Butler) played the first 76 minutes with one save and zero goals against. Freshman Mitchell Kelman (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) played the final 14 minutes and gave up the goal.

The Pioneers visit Geneva on Wednesday for what will be the Pioneers’ fourth game in a span of seven days.

Point Park started its season Wednesday by beating visiting Franciscan, 7-2. The next day, the Pioneers won at Thiel, 5-1.