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Point Park-Ohio Valley game suspended in 55th minute with Pioneers ahead, 4-1

Oct. 29, 2011

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Point Park and Ohio Valley players battle on the muddy Founders Field pitch.

 

CHESWICK, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's soccer team was 15 minutes away from tying a school record for most victories in a season when Saturday's non-conference game versus Ohio Valley was suspended due to field conditions in the 55th minute.

At the time, Point Park was leading 4-1. But the referee deemed the Founders Field surface unplayable and suspended the game. Had the contest gone 15 more minutes with Point Park ahead, the game would have reached the 70 minutes required for an official game. The game will not be continued or replayed at a later time.

Instead, with only 55 minutes being played, the game does not count as a win for Point Park (11-4-1) and it is not a loss for Ohio Valley (3-10-1). Also, all statistics and cautions are nullified.

The Point Park record for most wins in a season was set by the 1998 team that finished 12-5. Saturday's contest was the last regular-season game for this year's team, which still has the most regular-season wins in program history. The Pioneers are left with next week's conference playoffs at which to tie or surpass the wins record.

Francis Tabi's two goals were wiped out as were Matt Annecchiarico's three assists. Shane Lucas and Andres Escobar had also scored for Point Park, and Wendelin Hobel assisted on a goal.

Point Park was ahead, 3-1 after the 45-minute first half. The game was scoreless for the first 26 minutes before three goals -- two for Point Park and one for Ohio Valley -- were scored in a two minute span.

Point Park is the top seed in the American Mideast Conference playoffs, which will be hosted by the Pioneers Nov. 4-5. Point Park 's AMC record of 6-3-1 was best among playoff-eligible teams.

The times and location of the AMC Tournament are TBA. A bracket will be announced by the conference office this weekend. Information about the AMC Tournament can be found on the Point Park athletic website early this coming week.

Point Park is the top seed followed by No. 2 Roberts Wesleyan and No. 3 Houghton. Daemen and Fisher play Saturday for the final spot in the four-team, single-elimination event.