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Point Park men's soccer wins season opener, 7-2, over visiting Franciscan

Sept. 1, 2010

CHESWICK, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's soccer team erupted for its most goals in over three years in defeating non-conference Franciscan, 7-2, in the season opener for both teams Wednesday at Founders Field.


Point Park (1-0), which was 1-15-1 and didn't score more than two goals in any game last year, showed that it has more offensive fire power this season. The Pioneers were up, 4-0, at halftime.

The last time that Point Park scored as many as seven goals in a game was in an 8-1 victory over Penn State-Beaver on Aug. 31, 2007.


Sophomore forward Matt Annecchiarico, from Woodbridge, Ontario, led the scoring with two goals and one assist. The speedy forward (pictured) got the Pioneers on the board in the fourth minute with his first-career goal. Later in the half, Annecchiarico picked up an assist when he set up freshman Brett Gwosden (Elizabeth, Pa./Serra Catholic) in the 37th minute as Point Park went ahead, 2-0.

Alex Sala, a sophomore midfielder from Austria, scored an unassisted goal in the 39th minute to make it, 3-0, and Annecchiarico's second tally of the night stretched the lead to 4-0 in the final minute of the half.

Down 4-0, Franciscan broke the shutout in the 70th minute, but a Point Park goal by sophomore forward Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana) restored the fou-goal lead four minutes later. Gwosden assisted on the play.

Franciscan, an NCAA Division III school and a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, got as close as 5-2 with seven minutes remaining, but the Pioneers extended the final margin with late goals from sophomore Phil Malle (Pittsburgh/Langley) and freshman Mamadou Kouyate (Conarky, Guinea).

Point Park held an 18-12 advantage in shots with 11 of their shots coming on goal.

Point Park's junior goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler), who is in his second year as starter, played all 90 minutes. He made five saves and gave up two goals.

The Pioneers began a key stretch of non-conference play on Wednesday. The win over Franciscan was the first of four games in seven days. That stretch continues Thursday at Thiel and Saturday at Pitt-Greensburg. The Pioneers visit Geneva Sept. 8.