Point Park's eight-game unbeaten streak stopped with 4-0 loss at Walsh
Oct. 18, 2011
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's soccer team had its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped with Tuesday night's American Mideast Conference loss at Walsh University, 4-0.
Point Park (10-3-1, 5-2-1) had been unbeaten since losing at home to Walsh, 3-0, on Sept. 14, a span of eight games. But Walsh improved to 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the conference with its second win over Point Park and its 12th victory in a row.
Walsh has wrapped up the AMC regular season title even before its final league game versus Roberts Wesleyan. But the Cavaliers are not eligible for the AMC or NAIA postseason because they are in year two of NCAA Division II provisional status.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Point Park was mentioned in the 'others receiving votes' section of the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Pioneers strated getting votes last week, and they are viewed as the 32nd best team in the nation and the top team in the Unaffiliated AMC/KIAC/GCAC Conference rankings this week.
NAIA Top 25 Poll
Walsh, which is bigger and taller than Point Park, took a 1-0 lead off a header from Chris Lynch in the 12th minute. The goal came off a throwin from the sideline. The Cavs worked the slim lead until Nathaniel Milhoan made it a two-goal game in the 60th minute.
Walsh added goals with 13 minutes left and also three minutes left to stretch out the final margin to 4-0. The Cavs held a 23-4 advantage in shots.
Point Park senior goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell made his first start of the year and made four saves in 90 minutes. The native of Butler, Pa., who has started the last two years had been out the whole year with a foot injury.
The loss puts Point Park's conference record at 5-2-1. But results versus Walsh will be taken out of consideration when determining playoff qualification and seeding. In those adjusted standings, Point Park holds a half game lead over Roberts Wesleyan for the top seed in the playoffs and the right to host the AMC Tournament Nov. 4-5.
Point Park's remaining conference games are Saturday at home to Daemen (4 p.m.) and Oct. 28 at home to Roberts Wesleyan (12 p.m.). The date with Daemen will be Senior Day at Founders Field, and the date with Roberts will be played at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
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