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Five Point Park University men's soccer players earn All-AMC honors

Nov. 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH – Five Point Park University men’s soccer players received all-conference honors with the release of the 2010 All-American Mideast Conference Men’s Soccer Teams by the league office Thursday.


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Pictured: Alex Sala (7). Photo by Chelsey Engel.  

Leading Point Park’s honorees were Alex Sala (pictured above) a sophomore midfielder from Austria who was named to the All-AMC first team, and Manuel Schneckernreither, a forward from Austria who was named the AMC Freshman of the Year and to the All-AMC second team.

Zeke O’Donnell, a junior goalkeeper from Butler, Pa., joined Schneckenreither on the All-AMC second team. Other Point Park players to receive All-AMC accolades were junior midfielder/defender Shane Lucas from West Homestead, Pa., and junior defender Andres Escobar from Colombia, who were each named All-AMC honorable mention.

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Pictured (left to right): Schneckenreither, O'Donnell, Lucas and Escobar

Point Park finished up its 2010 season last week with a final record of 8-9 overall and 2-6 in the AMC. The Pioneers lost four conference games by a one-goal margin, and three of those came in overtime.

Point Park engineered a tremendous turnaround from its 1-15-1 record of 2009. Thanks largely to an influx of talented players, Point Park registered the third-most wins in school history this year. The Pioneers narrowly missed putting up the program’s first winning season since 1998, but instead they fell one game short.

Sala is the first Point Park player to be named to the All-AMC first team since the Pioneers joined the conference in 1999. Schneckenreither is the first Pioneers’ player to be named AMC Freshman of the Year. The Austrian natives were each selected among the 14 players from the AMC that would be forwarded on for NAIA All-American consideration.

There were 14 players on the All-AMC first and second teams. A total of 18 players who were among the remaining vote getters were named honorable mention. The first and second teams included two goalkeepers, four forwards, four midfielders and four defenders.

O’Donnell and Lucas received All-AMC recognition for the second year in a row as both were honorable-mention selections a year ago. Sala, Schneckenreither and Escobar earned all-conference accolades in their first seasons playing for Point Park.

Sala was named one of the top four midfielders in the league after compiling four goals and six assists for a total of 14 points on the year. The Weiler, Austria, native came to Point Park last year, but he had to sit out the 2009 season to gain NAIA eligibility. In his first action this season, and was a difference-maker in the midfield.

Schneckenreither, a speedy forward, led Point Park and ranked sixth in the AMC with 11 goals. The Austrian native also had two assists for a total of 24 points. He tallied three game-winning goals, including one to beat Walsh, 2-1.

O’Donnell started all 17 games with a goals-against average of 1.72. In his second season as the starting goalkeeper, the 6-1 junior from Butler, Pa., registered two shutouts on the year. With O’Donnell in goal, Point Park was able to keep nine of its 17 opponents to one goal or less.

Lucas, who was a team captain along with Sala, started all 17 games while switching between midfield and defense. A three-year starter, Lucas had one goal and one assist on the year.

Escobar started 14 games at central defender and was an important presence in his first year at Point Park. The junior from Medellin, Colombia, transferred from Lincoln (Ill.) College, where he was a two-year starter. He had two assists this season.

Notre Dame (OH), the No. 3 team in NAIA men’s soccer at 17-0 had three players on the All-AMC first team led by AMC Player of the Year Luke Holmes with 40 points. Falcons’ head coach Michael MacBride was named AMC Coach of the Year.