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Point Park and Houghton play to 1-1 tie in AMC game at Cupples Stadium

Sept. 30, 2011

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Francis Tabi scored Point Park's goal Friday at Cupples Stadium. Photo by Barbara Fischer.



PITTSBURGH -- With a combination of great goalkeeping and each team coming up empty on some good scoring chances late, Point Park University and Houghton College played to a 1-1 tie in an American Mideast Conference men's soccer game Friday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.

Point Park (7-2-1, 2-1-1 AMC) had its four-game winning streak stopped and had a game end in a tie for the first time in nearly two years. Houghton (1-7-3, 0-2-1) played another close games as six of the Highlanders' seven losses have come by one goal to go along with three ties on their record.

Point Park struck first when Francis Tabi scored his sixth goal of the year in the 22nd minute. Tabi, a junior forward from Ghana, headed the ball into the net after taking a nice cross from the left side off the leg of Wendelin Hobel. A freshman from Austria, Hobel leads the Pioneers with seven assists.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of Point Park until Houghton evened things up with 16:50 to play. The goal came off a throw-in from John Carpenter, who took the toss from 25 yards away. Carpenter found Michael Dix, who lofted a header into the goal for a 1-1 tie.

Both teams had some opportunities to take the lead in regulation with perhaps the best one coming for Houghton. The Highlanders' Michael Amico received a corner kick right in front of the goal, but he headed the the ball too hard into the carpeted surface as it bounced all the way over top of the cage.

Point Park had a great chance to end the game midway through the first overtime. Houghton was called for a handball in the penalty area, which resulted in a penalty kick taken by Point Park's Alex Sala.

But Houghton goalkeeper Eric Dehond guessed correctly on the PK attempt and dived to his left to stop Sala's shot. Point Park had a chance to settle the rebound, but the ball was clearly quickly.

Dehond made 12 saves on the day with 10 of them coming in the second half and overtime. Point Park goalkeeper Mitchell Kelman did his part as well to keep things even. The sophomore from Frederick, Md., faced 16 shots and made seven saves.

Houghton had a couple of decent scoring chances in the overtimes, but Kelman was there to make the stop each time. Dehond made a great save in the second overtime when he dived to stop a hard shot from straight on.

In what was a very even game, Point Park held a slim lead in shots, 17-16. Houghton had 19 fouls compared to 13 for Point Park. Each team was booked for two yellow cards.

Point Park is off until Oct. 8 when its visits Daemen College for an AMC game. Point Park has seven more conference games left on its schedule.

The Pioneers will play another game at Cupples Stadium this season with that being Oct. 28 versus Roberts Wesleyan (12 p.m.). Founders Field in Cheswick, Pa., is the regular home venue for Point Park, but Cupples is used for practice and select games.

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