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Point Park men's soccer shuts out Westminster, 3-0, improves to 4-1 on the year

Sept. 14, 2010

CHESWICK, Pa. – Manuel Schneckenreither scored two goals and goalkeeper Zeke O’Donnell posted a shutout to lead the Point Park University men’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory over visiting Westminster in a non-conference game at Founders Field on Tuesday night.


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PICTURED ABOVE: Point Park goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell recorded his first shutout of the year and the third of his career on Tuesday. Photo by Chelsey Engel, Point Park athletics.

Point Park (4-1) took a 2-0 halftime lead as Schneckenreither scored his goals less than five minutes apart. The freshman forward from Austria got the Pioneers on the board in the 32nd minute, and he made it a two-goal game in the 37th minute.

On the first goal, Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana) picked up an assist when he deflected a corner kick toward Schneckenreither, who hammered it home. For the second goal, midfielder Alex Sala (Weiler, Austria) took a free kick from 25 yards out and found his fellow Austrian countryman in perfect stride on the far left post. 

O’Donnell and the Point Park defense made the two-goal lead stand up until Tabi’s fifth goal of the year put the game away in the 82nd minute. Tabi and teammate Brett Gwosden (Elizabeth/Serra Catholic), who picked up an assist on the play, were very nearly offside when they found themselves on a breakaway.

O’Donnell made six saves in 90 minutes in registering his first shutout of the season and the third of his career. The junior from Butler, Pa., who is in his second year as starter, bounced back nicely from last week’s game at Geneva, when he gave up four goals in Point Park’s only loss, a 4-1 road defeat.

Schneckenreither’s two goals give him five on the year to tie Tabi for the team lead. Tabi leads the scoring with 13 points (5 G, 3 A) followed by Schneckenreither with 10 points on five goals and Sala with nine points on three goals and three assists.

Westminster held a 13-9 advantage in shots, but the Titans (1-3-2) had just six shots come on target. Westminster had played in four straight overtime games entering Tuesday’s meeting. The Titans beat Point Park last year by a score of 7-1.

Point Park will take a 4-1 record into Friday night’s American Mideast Conference opener versus Walsh. Kickoff of Founders Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.