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Mt. Vernon Nazarene edges Point Park, 3-2, in double overtime

Oct. 19, 2010

CHESWICK, Pa. – Cody Snouffer scored in the 102nd minute to lift Mount Vernon Nazarene to a 3-2, double-overtime victory at Point Park University in an American Mideast Conference men’s soccer game Tuesday at Founders Field.

Box Score

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Pictured: Andres Escobar (6) works against an MVNU defender as teammates Francis Tabi (8) and Miguel Alvarez look on.

Point Park (7-6 overall, 2-4 AMC) had led, 2-1, thanks to a pair of second-half goals. But Mt. Vernon Nazarene (8-6-1, 2-2-1 AMC) forced overtime when Kemar Jackson scored his second tally of the game in the 82nd minute.

After a scoreless first overtime, the Cougars struck early in the second extra frame. Jackson and Brian Petak worked the ball in front of the Point Park goal, and that set up Snouffer to head the game-winner into the net just 1:29 into the second overtime.

Of Point Park’s four AMC losses thus far, three have come by a one-goal margin and two have been in overtime. Point Park is 0-2 in overtime games having lost to Malone, 2-1, Sept. 28.

Point Park trailed, 1-0, at halftime, but the Pioneers responded. Manuel Schneckenreither, a freshman forward from Austria, tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the 55th minute. Schneckenreither’s team-leading, 10th goal of the year was set up by Brett Gwosden (Elizabeth, Pa./Serra Catholic).

Seven minutes later, sophomore forward Matt Annecchiarico (Woodbridge, Ontario) scored his fourth goal of the year for a 2-1 lead. Point Park was awarded a free kick from 20 yards out, and rather than taking aim at the goal, Alex Sala (Weiler, Austria) dropped it off to a streaking Annecchiarico on his right. Annecchiarico lofted the go-ahead ball just over goalkeeper Tyson Porter.

Each of Mt. Vernon Nazarene’s first two goals came in similar fashion. On both goals, Jackson made a run down the middle of the field and was the recipient of a perfect entry pass. Caleb Palumbo connected with Jackson in the 24th minute, and Austin Hill did the same for the tying goal in the 82nd minute.

In what was a very even game, Mt. Vernon Nazarene held a slim, 16-15 advantage in shots. Each team took four corner kicks. Point Park goalkeeper Zeke O’Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler) went the distance and made six saves. Porter made seven stops for the Cougars.

At 2-4 in the conference, Point Park is left with slim playoff hopes. To make the four-team field, the Pioneers will have to win their final two AMC games and also get some help. Point Park has the top two teams left on its league schedule. The Pioneers visit Houghton (5-1 AMC) Saturday and finish their season Oct. 30 at home to NAIA No. 3 Notre Dame (OH) (14-0). 

Point Park’s next game is Wednesday at home versus Shippensburg (9-5), the first-place team in the NCAA Division II PSAC.