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Men's Soccer News

Pioneers win for second time in as many days, improve to 2-0 on the year

Sept. 2, 2010

GREENVILLE, Pa.  -- In the span of the last 24 hours, the Point Park University men's soccer team has won more games than it did all of last season.

The Pioneers improved to 2-0 on the year with Thursday evening's 5-1 victory at non-conference Thiel College. Point Park opened its season Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with a 7-2 win over visiting Franciscan. By that time Thursday night, the Pioneers had surpassed their win output of last year's 1-15-1 record.


Tabi vs. Geneva
PICTURED ABOVE; Francis Tabi, shown in a game last year, had two goals and two assists in Thursday 5-1 win at Thiel. File photo by Murphy Moschetta.

Point Park, which is 2-0 for the first time under fourth-year head coach Jeroen Walstra, had three players combine for the five goals on Thursday.

Sophomore forward Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana) led the scoring versus Thiel (1-1) with two goals and two assists. Newcomer Manuel Schneckenreither (Feldkirch, Austria), a freshman, added two more goals, and Matt Annecchiarico (Woodbridge, Ontario) had the other tally.

Annecchiarico, a sophomore forward, scored twice in the opener, and he is tied with Tabi for the team lead in goals with three. Tabi has eight points (3 G, 2 A) on the year, which matches his point total from all of last season. Annecchiarico's seven points (3 G, 1 A) are seven more than he had as a freshman.

Point Park will go for its third win in four days when it travels to Pitt-Greensburg (3 p.m.) on Saturday.

Twenty minutes into Thursday's game, Schneckenreither and Annecchiarico scored a minute apart. Junior midfielder Miguel Alvarez (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) assisted on the first goal for the first of his two assists. Tabi set up Annecchiarico's goal, and the Pioneers went on to take a 2-0 lead into the halftime locker room.

Schneckenreither picked up his second goal off a feed from Tabi in the 68th minute. A minute later, Tabi scored off a penalty kick for a 4-0 lead.

After Thiel made it 4-1 in the 70th minute, Tabi set the final margin of 5-1 when he scored after taking a pass from Alvarez.

Point Park outshot Thiel, 16-7, and 12 of the Pioneers' shots were registered on goal. Schneckenreither led the attack with six shots, five of which were on target.

For the second day in a row, junior goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler) was solid for Point Park. The second-year starter gave up one goal and made two saves in 90 minutes.

Thiel was also playing for the second time in 24 hours as the members of NCAA Division III and the President's Athletic Conference shut out Mount Aloysius, 3-0, in Wednesday's season opener.