Pioneers take 1-0 home loss to Geneva to end win streak at four games
Sept. 18, 2014
The Geneva defense turns away a Point Park throw-in in the second half Thursday at Highmark Stadium.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University could not stuff a goal into the net and took a 1-0 home loss to Geneva College in a non-conference men's soccer game Thursday night at Highmark Stadium.
Point Park (4-2, 0-0 KIAC) had its four-game win streak stopped as Geneva (5-1-1) got the victory on Jeremy Troutman's goal in the 81st minute.
The Pioneers' defense tried to clear a ball from the area, but it was deflected. A fortunate bounce for Geneva left the ball right at Troutman's feet with some room, and he knocked in the goal on a high shot from about 20 yards out.
Point Park had its chances in each half but could not put a goal together. The Pioneers had their fair share of free-kick opportunities and throw-ins deep in the Geneva end, but the Golden Tornadoes turned away the chances.
A physical game kept the scoreboard empty for 81 minutes before the game-winning score. There were 36 total fouls in the game with the teams combining for 22 the first half.
The best opportunity for Point Park came in the closing minutes when Jonty Loukes and Corey Joyce broke free on a two-on-none break. Geneva was setting up a free-kick in the center circle, and when the Geneva player inadvertently touched the ball before he meant to, Loukes raced in to steal the live ball and took possession the other way.
The Geneva players froze while Loukes dribbled toward Golden Tornadoes keeper Bryan Butler. Then Joyce joined the rush, which had no defenders between the two Pioneers attackers and Butler, the keeper. But Butler came out to play the ball off of Loukes' foot and smothered it to the turf.
Point Park will get right back into action on Saturday with a home game versus NAIA No. 7 Rio Grande, the KIAC opener for both teams. Rio Grande, a perennial NAIA contender, is new to the conference and is the KIAC preseason favorite.
WATCH LIVE -- Point Park vs. No. 7 Rio Grande on Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. on the Point Park Sports Network.
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