Undermanned Point Park men lose to Walsh, 3-0, in AMC opener
Sept. 14, 2011
Point Park defender Shane Lucas is a post-game interview after the loss to Walsh.
CHESWICK, Pa. -- With three starters missing -- four if you're counting the veteran goalkeeper who has missed every game so far -- an undermanned Point Park University men's soccer team lost to Walsh University, 3-0, in the American Mideast Conference men's soccer game Wednesday night at Founders Field.
Point Park (3-2, 0-1 AMC) had a punchless offense playing without forwards Lucas Silva and Francis Tabi. Silva, the team's leading scorer with five goals in four games, was out with an injury, while Tabi was serving a team-related suspension.
Center back Andres Escobar missed his second game in a row due to injury, and All-AMC 2nd team goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell has been out all season. Although sophomore goalie Mitchell Kelman has filled in well with three shutouts in his four starts in place of O'Donnell, a re-arranged Point Park lineup Wednesday night tied a season high with three goals allowed.
With key players out, Point Park had to shuffle around its lineup to try to make up for those who were missing. And when the Pioneers got down, 1-0, in the first two minutes, their undermanned offense was strained even more.
Walsh (3-1, 1-0 AMC) got on the board with Clint Merck's goal after just 1:45 had come off the clock. Adam Greenwood assisted on the play after he lofted a free kick from 40 yards out directly in front of the goal for Merck to head into the net.
Walsh maintained its 1-0 lead until late in the game when added on in the 76th and 82nd minutes. Before going down by multiple goals, Point Park had just a couple of scoring chances with each coming up empty.
Walsh held a 17-3 advantage in shots, and 11 of their shots were on goal. Kelman made eight saves in 90 minutes as Point Park's goalkeeper.
Point Park will play a non-conference Sunday when it travels to Mt. Union (1 p.m.). The Pioneers get back into AMC play Sept. 24-25 with a pair of games versus new conference member Fisher. Fisher is located in Boston, Mass.