No. 6 Notre Dame (Ohio) routs Point Park, O'Donnell makes 19 saves
Oct. 24, 2009
LYNDHURST, Ohio -- Notre Dame (Ohio), the No. 6 team in this week's NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, routed Point Park, 8-0, Saturday in an AMC men's soccer matchup.
Notre Dame (11-2-2 overall, 5-0-2) got well versus Point Park by winning for the first time in three games. The Falcons lost to No. 2 Rio Grande last Saturday and tied Mt. Vernon Nazarene Tuesday.
Notre Dame put a barrage of shots on Point Park goalie Zeke O'Donnell (Butler/Butler), who registered a career-high 19 saves. O'Donnell (pictured left) eclipsed his previous career high of 16, which he set Tuesday versus Walsh.
Overall, Notre Dame held a 48-5 advantage in shots, and 28 of those shots were on goal.
The Falcons' Luke Holmes registered his third hat trick of the year. Holmes' first goal came in the 23rd minute and gave his team a 3-0 lead.
Notre Dame took the 3-0 lead into halftime before goals by Holmes in the 54th and 64th minute built a 5-0 edge for the Falcons. Holmes has 24 goals on the year.
With Notre Dame leading 2-0, Point Park's best scoring opportunity came in the 21st minute when Julian Trustedt (Berlin, Germany) tried a free kick from 30 yards out. But the Falcons' goalie, Alex Klein, made one of his two saves to maintain the two-goal lead.
Point Park (1-13-1) finished up its AMC schedule with an 0-8-1 record. The AMC, which is traditionally a very strong men's soccer conference, has several tough teams at the top of the league.
The top five teams in the standings, Notre Dame, Houghton, Roberts Wesleyan, Cedarville and Mt. Vernon Nazarene, have a combined five losses in conference play.
The Pioneers finish up their injury-plagued season with a couple of non-conference games next week beginning with Monday's home game with Geneva (5 p.m.).
Point Park, a team that does not have any seniors, concludes the season Saturday versus Wheeling Jesuit.