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Mountain State defeats injury-plagued Point Park team

Oct. 12, 2009

CHESWICK, Pa. - Mountain State defeated Point Park, 3-0, Monday in a non-conference men's soccer game at Founders Field.


Mountain State (5-9) broke open a scoreless game with Andre Barrett's goal late in the first half, and Point Park (1-10-1) fell behind, 2-0, when Anthony Collins scored off a corner kick in the 58th minute.

The Cougars added their third goal with 10 seconds left in the game.

Although Mountain State held an 18-5 shot advantage, the Point Park defense held firm while allowing only two goals the first 89 minutes.

Point Park goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler/Butler) made eight saves, and his standout play kept the Pioneers within striking distance.

Monday's game was a continuation of a trend for the Pioneers in which they can't seem to get their full complement of players on the field.

Point Park's leading scorer, Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana), went off early in the first half Monday with a leg injury, where he joined other key injured players on the bench such as Julian Trustedt (Berlin. Germany) and Wido Sagerer (Amtsberg, Germany).

Sagerer, a defender, was lost for the year when he injured his knee in spring workouts. Trustedt hurt his leg versus Roberts Wesleyan, and he missed his third consecutive game Monday.

Other nagging injuries have kept newcomers like Tim Giangarlo (Jefferson Hills/Thomas Jefferson) and Anthony Russo (Plum/Plum) at less than full strength. Also, promising midfielder Alex Sala (Welier, Austria) has missed every game due to eligibility concerns related to his soccer participation in his native country.

Point Park resumes American Mideast Conference play Saturday when it plays host to Cedarville. Game time is 6 p.m. at Founders Field.