Point Park beats Salem Int'l, Walstra gets record for career wins at Point Park
Sept. 28, 2011
Jeroen Walstra (right) is presented with a game ball by Point Park A.D. Dan Swalga.
CHESWICK, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's soccer team beat Salem International, 1-0, Wednesday at Founders Field to give head coach Jeroen Walstra the all-time lead for career coaching victories at the school.
Walstra, who is in his fifth season as Pioneers head coach, passed previous leader Oli Theodorsson, who was the head coach from 1998-2001.
Point Park's Matt Annecchiarico, a junior forward from Woodbridge, Ontario, scored the game's only goal Wednesday to improve the Pioneers' record to 7-2 overall.
Annecchiarico's fourth goal of the year came in the 74th minute and broke the scoreless tie. Anthony Russo and Francis Tabi assisted on the decisive goal.
A talented Salem International team had its four-game unbeaten streak stopped and is now 3-3-1.
Mitchell Kelman got the shutout victory for Point Park. The sophomore goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., faced 19 shots and picked up his fifth shutout in nine starts.
Salem International held a 19-10 advantage in shots. Only three of Point Park's shots were on goal, but it didn't need many to make the most important one count.
Salem International's David Phidd had a couple of dangerous chances in the final 10 minutes, but neither one went for a goal. Phidd had a shot trickle just to the right of the goal and then minutes later fired a shot that was lofted just slightly too high and went down the back of the cage.
Point Park gets back into American Mideast Conference play with a home date versus Houghton on Friday. The game will be played at Cupples Stadium, located at the corner of 9th and Carson Streets in the South Side. Kickoff is 12 p.m.
Houghton is 1-7-2 overall but all seven of its losses have been decided by one goal.
Walstra's record win total now stands at 24, and he his halfway through his fifth year as Point Park men's soccer head coach. He has 15 wins since the start of last year. His first three years at the helm totaled only nine wins as he used those seasons to get the program headed in the right direction.
Prior to Walstra's arrival as head coach in 2007, there had been 11 head coaches in the 17-year history of the program. Walstra has given the team stability as the longest-tenured coach in program history.
Walstra also has the highest win total in Point Park women's soccer, a program that gained varsity status in 2005. He was the Point Park women's coach from 2005-09, and he collected 18 wins in that time.
POINT PARK MEN'S SOCCER WINNINGEST COACHES
Jeroen Walstra 24 wins (2007-present)
Oli Theodorsson 23 wins (1998-01)
John Krysinsky 20 wins (1996-98)
**First year of Point Park men's soccer was 1989.