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Point Park wins non-conference game at Westminster, 2-0, improves to 3-1

Sept. 10, 2011

Mitchell Kelman grabs on of his 8 saves in a shutout at Westmister as Shane Lucas looks on. Photo courtesy Barbara Fischer.


NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Point Park made the most of its six shots, and goalkeeper Mitchell Kelman posted his third shutout in four starts as the Pioneers won at Westminster, 2-0, in a non-conference men's soccer game Saturday.

Alex Sala, a junior midfielder from Austria, got the Pioneers (3-1) on the board early with his unassisted goal in the 11th minute. Sala's second tally of the year came off a rebound, and it ended up being all the Point Park defense needed to win.

Although Point Park had only six shots, Westminster (1-3) did not manage much more offense in holding a slight edge in shots, 9-6. Kelman, a sophomore from Frederick, Md., played all 90 minutes and made eight saves.

Kelman has started all four games in place of two-year starter Zeke O'Donnell, who is out with an injury. But Kelman has filled in well as he has two shutouts on his own and also a combined shutout.

All three of Point Park's victories have come by shutout, and the only time that Point Park has been beaten so far this year was 3-2 to Wooster. In that game, the Pioneers were playing for second time in less than 24 hours with sweltering temperatures in the 90s.

Sophomore Brett Gwosden, from Elizabeth, Pa., and Serra Catholic HS, gave Point Park a 2-0 when he dribbled in from the corner and scored an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute.

Point Park plays host to Walsh on Wednesday at Founders Field. Game time is 7 p.m. Fan Vans will be available for Point Park students, and they are free with Student ID. Fan Vans leave the Student Center Lot at 6 p.m. with return service after the game.

Walsh is a conference opponent of sorts. The Cavaliers are in year number two of NCAA Division II provisional status, and thus they cannot compete for the postseason in the American Mideast Conference. Walsh can however compete for the AMC regular season championship. Results versus Walsh will not be counted toward playoff seeding or qualification, but they will factor into the standings.